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LIEUTENANT GEORGE TRELLEN; 

OR, 

A TRICKY UNION BOY. 



By OEOH-aE B. W^ILSON, 




WHIRLING HIS SWORO OVER HIS HEAD GEORGE SHOUTED A FEW WORDS TO HIS 

MEN AND FORWARD THEY WENT ALt DETERMINING TO BREAK 

THROUGH. THR OPPOSmG LINES. 



LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



LIEUTENANT GEORGE; 

— OR, — 
THA^CBLEO TO HIS XuA^lTt. 



BY GEORGE WILSON. 



CHAPTER I. 

THE IflGHT ATTACK. 

" I say, George, you were out to-day. 
Did you see anything?"' 

"Yes, I saw something," replied a 
first lieutenant, w!io was stretched on 
the ground beside a camp-fire. "One 
can't help seeing something wherever he 
goes " 

" None o' your fooling, now," cried the 
other. "You know what I mean. Did 
you see any rebs?" 

" Well, yes, I saw a few." 

"Where?" 

" South-east." 

"What were they up to?" 

"Ask the colonel?" 

"Yes, that's the way," grumbled his 
questioner. " I leave it to you," he went 
on, turning to the others, " tiiat I haven't 
got a square answer out of this honorable 
first lieutenant to-night. His new honor 
must be too much for him." 

Roused by this rfmark, the first lieu- 
tenant sat up and said: 

" You know well enough, Sam, that 
the colonel won't allow scoutijig ma.ttcrs 
to be talked about at the camp-fire, or to 
the troopers anywhere. So you might as 
well give up asking me questions on that 
subject." 

"All right," replied Sam, pleased at 
having provoked the lieutenant to reply 
to his inuendo. "I suppose you'll want 
us to call you Lieutenant Treilen instead 
of plain George Treilen that you used 
to be?" 

" You can suit your own convenience 
about thkt," replied George, indiffer- 
ently, and pulling a handsome silver- 
mounted revolver from his poeliet he 
busied himself in carefully cleaning and 
polishing it. 

By the time this was finished, an or- 
derly approached the group and saluting 
said: 

"Lieutenant Treilen, the colonel wishes 
you to report to him without delay." 

"Tell the colonel I wijl be at his tent 
in five minutes," replied the lieutenant, 
rising. 

A moment after the orderly had taken 
his leave, George Treilen had bidden ins 
companions good-niglit, and was walking 
rapidly toward a small clump of trees in 
wiiich he had tied his horse. 



Calling the animal, which answered 
the summons like a dog, heti^itened the 
bridle whicii had been tiirown back over 
its neck, and vaulting into the saddle he 
rode rapidly to the headquarters of the 
colonel, whicli were about a miledistant. 

Tiie colonel's small body of troops was 
a detachment of Burnside's army, whicti 
was then at Knoxville. 

The Confederate general, Longstreet, 
had begun liis advance against Burnside, 
and consequently it was necessary for 
the latter to maintain the greatest vigi- 
lance in order that he might keep posted 
as to his enemy's plans ami whereabouts. 

For this purpose, Colonel Kiddins was 
one of the numerous officers detailed for 
si)ecial duty, and placed at the head of a 
body of about one hundred men, and or- 
dered to proceed in the direction from 
whicii Longstreet was expected to make 
his appearance. 

George Treilen, the first lieutenant 
whom we noticed at the bivouac fire, was 
one of the colonel's picked rnen, being 
one of a choice few brought along to 
ser^e as an advance guard and special 
scout. 

When the war broke out, George Avas 
but seventeen years old, and conse- 
quently was unable to gain tlie consent 
oi his- relatives to follow the bent of his 
own inclinations. 

However, as reverse after reverse met 
his country, he became more and more 
inliamed wiih the desire to share its toils 
and troubleti, and his friends, realizing 
that his constant fretting might even- 
tually destroy his health, finally with- 
drew all opposition. 

Three v/eeks afterward he was in the 
battle of Murfreesboro, where he behaved 
with sach gallantry in saving the regi- 
mentaJ flag that he was "made a non- 
commiisioned officer on the spot, and 
from that time he rose rapitlly, until we 
find him, hardly a y^ear later, a confi- 
dential~scout, holding ajirst lieutenant's 
commission. 

His reputation as a scout had been 
made by the detection of the double- 
dealing of one of the pickets of a small 
guaitl ab')ut three mouths before. 

Every \ ttle while the camji would be 
surprised, and the riisult was «, number 
of meti kiK'<"d or wounded, or valuable 
stores eithe*^ carried off or destroyed. 

The picke'^-round was very extensive, 
and the attacVs were not always made at 
tlse same spot consequently the colonel ^i 
was loth to sutviect any of the guards of s| 
treachery. "i 

An accidental •^'rcimstance aroused the 
suspiciorts of GeCgf* Trpl'eu in the fol- 
ic wing manner: 
Tlie fire before h'?r 'rc^^ H^v turned low 

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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



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ere night, and he behig unable to sleep 
was about To riise uiut bit closer to it, 
wlieu iu! reeoliected that it could not 
lack but an liour oi^two of tln;}'li;;ht. 

He was about to lie down ajrain and 
make a last attempt to sleep wlien lie 
noticed tiie sentry who, at that monsent 
passed about lifry feet from him, stop in 
ins walk and- looiv toward a worm-fence 
that enclosed a field of younji* }>rain. 

Oeorge raiseil himself on his elbow, but 
CQ^dil see or hear nothintf, rhouf<h the 
guard seemed to see that sometliing un- 
usual was occurrinj^. 

Georj^e was about to call to him to ask 
if anything was stirring, when lie saw 
the man straighten up and move along 
on his beat. 

It struck George as strange that the 
sentry did not call for the corporal of the 
guard and have tlie matter investigated, 
but as the minutes went by and nothiu^' 
occurred, lie was just dozing off when 
the call "All's well, four o'clock!" was 
passed around the picket. 

Roused by this, George again lifted 
himself from the ground. 

Presently tlie sentry, being the same 
one that lie had noticed befoi'e, came by 
and again stopped, looking earnestly at 
tlie worm-fence. 

When he turned away, George thought 
he saw him make a motion with liis 
hand as if to somebody behind the fence. 

Had he any thoughts of the enemy 
being near, George, upon his own re- 
sponsibility, ^*'ould have called for the 
corporal, but he attributed the fancy of 
seeing the signal to the fact that he was 
not fully awake. 

Several times in passing afterward the 
sei^try looked closely at his sleeping com- 
panions, and seemed satisfied that the 
entire body was wrapped in slumber. 

Not many minutes after this happened 
the report of a carbine rung out and the 
cry, "The rebs are upon us. Turnout! 
turn out!" followed by the rapid dis- 
charge ofseveral more shots. 

The instant y the first alarm was 
sounded, George fastened liis eyes on the 
sentinel to whom his attention had been 
drawn throughout the night. TLat per- 
son dropped the butt of his carbine on 
the ground at once, then se'emiug to 
realize the situation, he disciharj--ed his 
musket in the airseveral times and added 
his voice to the alarm which now spread 
throughout the camp. 
WThe cause of the alarm appeared in tlie 
snape of a small body of Confederate 
cavalry, which charged the camp With 
bare sabers and drawn revolvers. 

The Union troops, of whom there were 
about one hundred infantry and a dozen 
horse, sprung, Indian fashion, behind 



the trees under which they had en- 
camped, and poured a scattering, fire upoa 
tlie raiders. 

Seeing a stronger force than they had 
reason to believe constituted the Union 
troop, the Confederate band rode directly 
through the camp and disappeared on 
the pther side, wl.enee they disappeared 
and did not return again that night. 

This skirmish made a deep imiiression 
on George's mind and as it was only one 
of half a dozen that liad recently oc- 
curred, he determined to investigate the 
cause of it. 

The colonel's 'troop had been attacked 
more frequently than any in the regi- 
ment, and the belief was beginning to 
prevail that he was very negligent about 
guarding against surprise, and still more 
so about concealing his presence from 
the enemy. 

Naturally, these reports coming to his 
ears, made the colonel particularly anx- 
ious to have the matter explained, but 
his efforts had so far resulted in nothing. 

Convinced that his clew was worth 
some consideration, George deliberated 
as to how he should proceed to verify or 
disprove it. 

The man's name Avas Sandy McCosh, 
and he was gruff and taciturn, so there 
was no possibility of drawing him out on 
the subject of his own doings, anil there 
was no reason for speaking to hiiu on any 
other matter. 

George reasoned with himself for 
awhile and finally concluded to ask the 
colonel's advice and assistance. 

Accordingly the next morning he told 
the orderly that lie wanted to speak to 
colonel. 

That afternoon about three o'clock he 
was ushered into the pi'esence of the 
commanding ofiicer. 



CHAPTER II. 

^ SURrBISED. 

The colonel was seated on his tent 
pallet busily writing, using for a table 
one of the camp-stools. 

He put these aside when George en- 
tered and announced that he was ready 
to attend to him. 

"I came, sir, to speak of the fight of 
last night,'' began George, thinking how 
he should introduce the principal object 
of his visit. 

"Well, what about it?" asked the col- 
onel, giving him a searching look. 

"I thought 1 had found out something 
that it was best you should know, so 1 
came here as soon as you could see me," 
replied George. 

"What is it?" asked the colonel, be- 



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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



ginning to show a little interest. He 
rose and went to the door of the tent to 
assure himself that no one was in hear- 
ing distance. 

•' I saw what I thought were very queer 
actions on the part of one of the sentries, 
and it struck uie that it might have some 
connection with our being attaclved by 
little parties of the enemy so often." 

"Ah! is that so?" ejaculated the col- 
onel. "If you can unravel that business 
you will do what none of us can. Tell 
me at once what you know." 

Hereupon, George related briefly but 
fully what had taken place the previous 
night, and said in conclusion that he did 
not know but that he had been too hasty 
in consulting with the head of the troop 
in regard to what might turn out a very 
small matter, but lie had always felt that 
from Sandy's manner he seemed to hate 
his comrades. Still that might be only 
an evidence of his sour disposition. 

The colonel remained silent some sec- 
onds after George ceased speakting, then 
he broke out witii "H this is true he's a 
oloody scoundrel. He's asked meanum- 
ber of times for a furlough of only a few 
hours to go and visit his sister, who lives 
some twenty miles from here, he says, 
and if he's disloyal it is the easiest thing 
in the world for him to give all our se- 
crets to the enemy, the scoundrel." 

George waited respectfully till the 
wrath of the colonel had somewhat sub- 
sided, then he said: 

"I missed him several times, but did 
not know that he went any distance from 
camp. Don't you think it would be well 
to follow him on one of his expeditions 
and see where he goes to aiid what he 
does?" 

" It wouldn't take much to send him to 
the halter," muttered the colonel, after 
some minutes thought. 

" Humph!" thought George to himself. 
" He must know something that I don't, 
for he wouldn't condemn thejuan on 
what I told him." 

"Your idea is a good one," said the 
celonel, again breaking the silence, "and 
when he comes for another furlough I'll 
give it to him as I have always done 
hitherto. Now as to following him, I 
suppose you don't want to get yourself 
mixed up in a hand-to-hand figlit with 
guerrillas or regulars, and I can send a 
regular scout to dog him." 

"If you please, sir," replied George, 
quickly, "I'll follow him myself — with 
your permission. It won't do me any 
harm to learn scouting." 

"But you have never been out before, 
and I am afraid you would lose him, and 
I wouldn't have "that happen for a grrat 
deal," said the colonel, doubtfully. 



" I don't think I'll lose him, sir," re- 
plied George; " besides, if I do, he'll come 
back as he has alwaj'S done before." 

"Well, well," said the colonel, good- 
naturedly, " you young heads are always 
hopeful; besides, there is no doubt but 
that you have the best claim to the place, 
if you want it." 

Picking up his camp-stool again, he 
dashed off a few lines, and handing it to 
George said: 

" This will leave you in or out of tlie 
lines whenever there is any necessity for 
going and coming. See that you do not 
abuse the privilege." 

As George was withdrawing the colonel 
called after him: 

" Hold yourself in readiness to report 
to me the moment I send tor you. Sandy 
may come for his furlough any time." 

The youn;i soldier went directly to his 
i^'Jfirters and busied himself in fastening 
the passport in his coat in such a manner 
that it would be perfectly secure and yet 
easy to produce when the occasion pre- 
.sented itself. 

During the next few days nothing of 
any note happened, and George, while 
seemingly intent on keeping his arms 
clean, and exact in the performance of 
other camp duties, kept Sandy under his 
eye almost the whole day. Of course, alt 
night he had not so good an opportunity, 
except when his turn to act as guai'd ar- 
riveil. 

On the fifth day after his talk with the 
colonel, George, while talking to a group 
of friends about three o'clock in the after- 
noon, saw Sandy moving toward head- 
quarters. 

Judging that the time for action had 
arrived, he quickly separated himself 
from his companions, and prepared hiia- 
self, as well as he knew how, for the ex- 
pedition upon which he believed he "was 
about to engage. 

Two revolvers and ammunition and 
rations for one daj^ were as much as he 
thought worth while to take. 

He was not given any time to think of 
the matter, for the colonel's orderly came- 
in, requesting him to repair instantly to- 
head quarters. 

He lost no time in complyiiig, and the 
colonel fairly seized him in his haste. 

" You're all ready? That's good. He 
went down Harrison Lane. He's on- 
horseback. You must have a horse. Ho! 
orderly, bring up one of the best horses: 
saddled and bridled. Quick now." 

It was all George could do to under- 
stand the colonel's directions, he talked 
so rapidly, and he was glad when he or- 
dered him to leave. 

The only piece of information he re<- 
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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



onel in all his talk had given him, was 
tlie roatl that Sandy took as he rode off. 
Wliether lie ke[>t on in that direction 
was wliat George was anxious to tind out. 

The horse provided tor liini was a 
fairly good animal, the oidy objection to 
it being its lack of speed. 

Thus equipped, lie started down the 
lane, Sandy being ah'eady hid from view 
by a curve about a quarter of a mile ahead. 

Upon reaching this curve George 
Kprung to the ground in order to obtain 
a view of the road ahead without being 
seen himself. He so much distrusted 
Sandy that he would not have been sur- 
prised to see him watching the road on 
the lookout for pursuers. 

His fears were groundless on this score, 
as he seiw Sandy riding-along a little less 
than a quarter of a mile ahead. 

Turning the horse's head to one side he 
rode into the trees which thickly lined 
one side of the lane, and urged him for- 
ward in hopes of approaching nearer to 
the object of his pursuit unobserved. 

He continued in this manner until he 
eaw Sandy disappear around the bend in 
the road, and then bringing his horse out 
where he had free use of his limbs urged 
him forward at the top of his speed until 
he reached the bend. 

Springing off as before he looked down 
the road, expecting by his swift pace to 
have made considerable gain, and he was 
fjreatly surprised to find that Sandy had 
tiisappeared. The road run along until 
in the distance it became as a thread, 
but nothing living was to be seen on the 
whole length hi the range of George's 
vision. 

Going quickly back to the spot where 
he had left his horse, he led the animal far 
enough into the bushes so as to escape 
the eyes of any passers-by, then keeping 
himself as much concealed as possible he 
commenced a rapid search for the place 
where Sandy had left the road. 

After going down one side carefully, as 
near as he could judge, about an eighth of 
ft mile, he crossed the road and begun 
examining the other side. 

He had not proceeded far when he dis- 
covered a track that seemed almost like 
a bridle-path. 

Marking the spot he went on more 
rapidly, for it had entered his mind that 
possibly there was another such path 
and he might be compelled to go over 
both some distance before he found out 
which one Sandy took. 

Wlien he arrived at the bend, after 
more tlian half an hour's delaj', he 
brought liis horse out of the bushes, and 
giving him a few smart cuts with aswitcli 
he proceeded directly to the path, where 
jie found to his chagrin that the limbs of 



the trees hung so low that he would not 
be able to go faster than a walk. 

By this time the sun had gotten low ia 
the west, and there was every prospect 
of his having to pass the night in the 
woods unless he came quickly to the end 
of his journey. 

While occupied with these reflections 
he reached a place where the path was 
crossed by two others. Uncertain which 
to take he dropped to the ground. This 
time his scrutiny was more .•satisfactory. 

In the path that run at right ang'ies 
with the one on which he was, he could 
discern the hoof-prints of a horse in the 
soft earth. 

Elated by this discovery, he pushed 
on, endeavoring to keep the spot fixed in 
his memory so that he could tell wliich 
way to go in case it was necessary for 
him to return by the same route. 

He noticed as he passed on that the 
trees and bushes grew thickiT and closer, 
and the track turiaed so frfcpniitly out 
and in to avoid the denser parts, that he 
soon lost all reckoning of the points of 
the compass. 

"Humph," he muttered to himself. 
"If Sandy's sister has a taim, I don't see 
that tliere is a chaiice for her to raise 
much of anything in this wilderness." 

It was already twilight, and he was 
thinking seriously of riding into the trees 
on either side of the track, and after 
tying, the horse proceed on foot. If 
Sandy's story about his sister was true, 
he had yet about twelve miles to go be- 
fore he reached her liouse. He calcu- 
lated that he was about seven miles from 
Harrison Lane, and during all those seven 
miles he had never once caught a glimpse 
of Sandy McCosh. He was almost posi- 
tive, however, that lie w-as on the right 
trail, as he had been able every now and 
then, while it was still light," to detect 
the prints of a horse's hoofs in the soft 
ground. He had noticed also at a num- 
ber of places there seemed to be mors 
foot-prints than could be made by one 
horse, though without considering tlie 
matter he supposed they were those 
made by Sandy's horse on "former trips. 

His thoughts "were checked on these 
subjects by seeing directly in front a 
light glimmering through the trees. 

" There!" he said to himself, "I guess 
I've struck sometliing at last." 

He lost no time in putting his horse in 
a safe place, fearing to take liim any 
nearer lest he might neigh to the horses 
if there beany in the locality. 

Putting one of his revolvers where he 
could make use of it upon the instant, 
he stepped rapidly and noiselessly for- 
ward toward the light. 

Wlien within twenty feet of it he came 



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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



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to the edge of the forest. Before him 
was a small clearing, and in the midst of 
it a small siructare that looked like any- 
thing but a farm-house. 

It was a frame building, built of rough 
boards, two stories higli, and on the 
whole was about twenty feet square. 

On three sides were sheds, which an- 
swered for stables for horses, of whicii 
there seemed to be a large number for 
such an isolated place. 

One rude window was all that George 
could see that the buiUlintr contained, 
and from it streamed the light which led 
liim to the spot. 

Getting close to the window, George 
endeavored to see what was going on in- 
side, and he was considerably astonished 
at the scene that met his gaze. 

In the middle of the room stood Sandy 
talking in a most vehement manner, re- 
inforcing his arguments with all kinds of 
gestures. 

Several men were standing listening to 
him, others were seated on benches, and 
fetill others were lying asleep oa the floor 
wrapped in blankets. 

Tiieir gray uniforms left no doubt in 
George's mind as to the character and 
sympathies of these men, and he was 
highly enraged when he thought of the 
perfidy of Sandy McCosh. 

"They are the very men that attacked 
us the other night. I'm sure 1 noticed 
that big fellow ride through onr camp," 
he said to himself, in exeiten»ent. 

Turning about he struck into the 
Avoods again. 

It was between nine and ten o'clock 
that night when the cry of " Halt! who 
goes there?'' rung out in the camp of the 
colonel's detachment. 

A minute later, George Trellen handed 
his nearly exhausted horse over to an or- 
df^rly ami went at once to the colonel, 
who was eagerly awaiting his report. 

Ten minutes later both came out of 
the tent, and the captain ordered every 
cavalryman into the saddle, together with 
fifty infantry. 

The orderly received these orders with 
great surprise, but he delivered them 
promptly. 

When the force appeared there were 
but litteen horgjes, counting every officer's 
horse but that which George brought 
in. 

The order was given to move, and 
George, who rode besitle the colonel, after 
telling him of ihe certainty of capturing 
the whole band in their retreat, went on 
to relate the facts of his pursuit of Sand j'. 

All turned out as he predicted, the 
whole band surrendered without a shot 
being fired, and Sandy suffered the fate 
of a deserter. 



, CHAPTER III. 

A THRILLING ADVENTURE. 

While we were relating the adventur*! 
through which George Trellen became a 
scout, he was proceeding rapidly toward 
the headquarters of the colonel, endeav- 
oring, meanwhile, to conjecture on what 
mission he was to be eent. 

He did not doubt it was some excursion 
into the rebel lines, notv;iths.itanding the 
fact that he had been going back and 
forth between the armies almost con- 
tinuously in the two weeks just past. 

It was probably ten njinutes after he 
parted from his companions around the 
fire when he drew rein at the colonel's 
headquarters and was immediately ad- 
mitted. 

Two per-sons only occupied the tent, 
the colonel and a man whom George had 
no recollection of having ever before 
seen. 

He was a short, thick set, uniformed 
figure, about five feet six inches in height, 
with a perfectly smooth face, except a 
moustache long enough to curl over his 
ears. 

He looked sharply at George, as if he 
would have learned the cau.-;e of his visit 
to headquarters by looking him through 
and through. He made no move to leave 
the room when George came in, but re- 
mained still as a statue in every part of 
his body but his eyes, which roved about 
constantly, as if suspicious of his sur- 
roundings, or on the lookout for some- 
thing. 

"Lieutenant, I have some work which 
will Jieep you busy for awhile," began the 
colonel, when George entered. "I'm go- 
ing to set you to catch a fellow that is 
giving Burnside a deal of trouble," he 
teuton, as George bowed. "It seeihs 
this fellow is a most notorious scout 

and Oh, he's all right, he knows all 

about it," he continued, as he noticed 
George east his eyes from one to the 
other in astonishment. 

Tiie colonel then proceeded to give him 
some facts in re^rard to the scout. 

The fellow had been seen close by that 
afternoon, having just come from Knox- 
ville, and supposed to have about his 
person information of considerable value, 
in regard to the fortifications, for the 
Confederate general. 

It is well- known liow the armies of the 
Nortii suffered by liaving tlieir plans be- 
trayed, by at'roit and skillful scouts, into 
the hands of the enemy. 

The capital was crowded with Southern 
emissaries from the day Wiir was declared 
to the day peace was proclaimed, and it 
was so wherever there was an a?"my. 

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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



atively, as the capital, only they were of 
vastly more desperate character. 

The scout upon whose track George 
was about to be sent, was known to fre- 
quent Knoxville, but his wonderful abil- 
ity had stood hiui in such good stead 
th»t, thoujjii he had been seen and chased 
dozens of times by tiie specials of Gen- 
eral Bu<,"nside, he iiad never yet been 
caught. 

It was further stated that he appeared 
hi so many different cliaracters and in 
so itiany different disguises that it was 
no uncommon thing tor him to talk witli 
his fmrsuers and give them advice as to 
their search, while they never dreamed 
but that he was one of the officers or 
privates of the army. 

One time he \vould appear clad in a 
h\ue uniform, again ride boldly to the 
city attired in a Confederate uniform, 
give out that he was a deserter, and pre- 
tend to disclose valuable information as 
to the whereabouts and numbers of the 
Confederates. This turning out false, 
and he being sought for to undergo 
punishment, it was always learned that 
he liad strangely and unaccouutably dis- 
appeared. 

According to report, he had the faculty 
of appearing ao an old or as a young 
man; sometimes with the wliite hair of 
age, at others with brown or red. He 
had been seen only two days apart with 
a smooth face and with ehin and ]Tps 
covered with a thick, bushy beard. 

Strange to say, those who described 
him never seemt-d to recognize him wlien 
face to face u'itli him. It was only after- 
ward that it seemed to dawn on them. 

So much for the man that George was 
ordered to bring alive or dead to his 
superior. 

"It is said he was seen about here," 
said the colonel, after giving all tiie in- 
formation he knew about tlie scout, 
" but youjliad better start in at Knoxville. 
Some of those old cane-brake stalicers 
and bush-whackers can tell j^ou some 
things tliat will surprise us all if you can 
make tlsem talk." 

When George left the tent he took a 
good look at the stranger, who had 
turned around so that nothing but his 
back could be seen. 

"It's my private opinion that the 
colonel's very imprudent to talk business 
before a strangar, as he did to-night," 
muttered George, as he hurrieii away to 
prepare himself for his trip. "Even if 
that man v^^as his brotiier he had no right 
to tell Iiim wliat 1 had to do. If he 
wanted to he nright, for all 1 know, set 
the scout on his guard, and then I'd 
never catch him." 

Thus, grumbling to himself, George 



went quickly to his quarters and stripped 
off his uniform, replacing it with an old 
brown suit and a slouch hat that pulled 
down over his forehead. 

Arming himself as usual with two re^ 
volvers, he flung himself into the saddle 
and rode off toward Kno.wille. 

A half hour's ride brought him to 
the advance lines of Burnsides army, and 
from there till he reached the city he was 
kept busy giving pass-words and going 
through the forms of army routine. 
Upon reaching the city he informed the 
V)roper officer of theorder he had received 
from Colonel Kiddens, ajid that gentle- 
man said, shrugging his shoulders, "I 
don't think I would care to execute that 
order if I were you." 

"Why not?" asked George. 

" Because," replied the other, " the 
Confederate scout, besides being the 
most tricky rascal T ever saw, is a dead 
shot and many's the good fellow he's 
laid low when hard pressed in his in- 
fernal wanderings." 

"The trouble seems to me to find him,"' 
replied George. " He's welcome enough 
to try his skill on me if he only comes 
n^-ir enough." 

"Don't trouble yourself about that," 
said the other, with a laugh. "You'll 
find, like many others, that it will be 
like the fellow who went out to hunt the 
bear but hadn't gone far when he "found 
the bear was hunting him." 

"Well, that will be better than not 
seeing or finding out anything about 
him," replied George. " Give me a guar- 
antee that I'll not be disturbed and I'll 
see what I can do." 

A slip signed by General Burnside was 
filled up and handed him, conferring 
upon him the privilege of going through 
the lines at ail times without molestation. 

Placing this in a safe pocket of h's old 
torn coat he rode into the city, looking 
as villainous as any one in the whole 
city. 

Before he had proceeded any distance 
he bethought iiim of his horse; he could 
not take the animal with him to all the 
taverns and ilens which he expected it 
would be necessary for him to go through, 
and yet he wished to have him at hand 
so as to be able to make use of him at a 
moment's notice. 

He did not thiidi it possible to strike 
the track of the scout that night unless 
he was very fortunate, and he had re- 
ceived orders from tne colonel to report 
to him the next liight not later than nine 
o'clock. 

He resolved,''fherefore, to put the ani- 
mal where he would be reasonably safe 
until he hatl occasion t-o u.se him. 

About fifteen minutes later he found a 



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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



place, and after tyinj? the horse carefully 
he stepped out into tlie street and walketl 
up to a liard-visaged man, who wasstaiid- 
in-; iialf a block away, and .-isked: 

" Can you tell aie where Ball's tavern 
is?" 

"Got any money?" asked the man, 
payiuj^ no attention to the question. 

"No; why?" said George, in surprise. 

""Cause ye can't buy me notliin' to 
drink "tliout money, an' I don't tell things 
for notliin'," and tiie fellow walked off. 

Geortfe quickly recovered himself, and 
springing: after the man he caught him 
by the neck, at the same time thrusting 
his revolver into his face and saying: 

" 1 asked you a plain question, and I 
want an answer, or I'll arrest you." 

The fellow, unaccustomed to being 
tripped up so suddenly, looked up and 
sullenly demanded, " Take that shootin'- 
iron down." 

"Answer my question first," said 
George, sternly. 

" 1 don't know what it is," replied the 
fellow, in a surly tone. 

"Yes you do," said George, growing 
angry. " Remember I have it in my 
power to arrest >ou, and I can get you 
strung up as a spy to-morrow morning. 
Speak quick." 

" It's a good ways from here," was his 
reply. 

" All right," said George, without giv- 
ing him any more time to think. "You 
may just come along with me and show 
me where it is." 

After considerable oljjection on the 
part of the other, which George's threats 
effectually silenced, they started off in 
quest of the tavern. 

The colonel had told George, among 
other things, that the scout spent con- 
siderable time at a small house of bad 
reputation, called Ball's tavern, where, 
through others who made the place their 
home, he gathered not a little of the in- 
formation which so often led to results 
disastrous to the Union arms. 

It was George's plan to go through this 
place, and without putting himself for- 
ward in any way learn what he could by 
keeping his eyes and ears open. 

He trusted in his seedy appearance to 
ward off any specJal observation, or any 
questions wliich might be inconvenient 
for him to answer. 

His guide made no attempt to deceive 
him. but led him directly as |)ossible to a 
corner, whence he pointed to a small tri- 
angular piece of red glass, a little dis- 
tance up the street, across which was 
marked in white letters "Ball's." 

Without waiting to see whether his 
vanquisher noticed the sign, the desper- 
ado turned away and was soon lost to 



sight among the small ruinous buildings 
of that squijlid quarter. 

George did not waste time looking after 
him, but examining his weapons an<i 
concealing them carefully, he walked 
directly to the door of the tavern and 
pausetl an instant. 

Shouts were issuing from the inside, 
and occasionally some one would bi'eak 
out in a bacchanalian song, in which a 
number of other voices joined. Truly 
this was a desperate den, and George 
thought if he came out of it alive he was 
to be congratulated, and he didn't see 
how it was possible to think of escaping 
unwounded. 

After looking up and down the street, 
he sprung up the ricketj' steps which led 
to the door and walked in. 

At first he could scarcely see for the 
tobacco smoke which floated in the at- 
mosphere of tlie room in dense clouds, as 
if its occupants were trying to smoke 
each other out. The fumes of beer were 
so strong as to be almost sickening. 

After becoming a little accustomed to 
these conditions, he cast a rapid glance 
around the room, which contained aV)Out 
a dozen chairs and three tables, besides a 
huge stove in which there was no fire, 
the weather ijeing almost as warm as at 
midsummer. 

There were half a dozen men seated, 
four at one table and two at anothey. 

Ilk a little ante-room was another man, 
surrounded by kegs and bottles, which 
formed the drinkiiig portion of the place. 

George humbly approached the table 
at whieii lour of the men were seateii, 
and they, after casting a suspicious .'lance 
upon him, went on with their game of 
cards, deeming him of too little account 
to receive any more notice. 

After watcliing them a few moments he 
turned his attention to the other two 
men, who were talking earnestly to- 
gether in low tones. They seemed to be 
men of more int.elligence than the card- 
players, and altogether seemed a better 
class of men in every way. 

George shifted his position so as to ap- 
proach nearer to them, intent upon hear- 
ing their conversation, hoping they might 
touch u|)on the man of whom he was so 
anxious to hear more. 

Several times while moving around he 
detected the bar-tender's gaze fastened on 
him. 

This made him uncomfortable, and he 
approached the bar and called for a mug 
of beer, hoping by this means to disarm 
the man's suspicions, if he entertained 
any, and also To have a pretext for sit- 
ting down near the two men whose con- 
versation he was so desirous of hearing. 

He found eiiough pennies in his pock- 



LIEUTENANT GEQRGE. 



9 



e is to pay for liis beer, notwithsiandiiij^ 
lie had toltl tlie man who acted as his 
f^uide lie had none, and taking it from 
the bar he went to the third table and set 
down in the hearinj; oi the two men. 

They did not seem to notice him, but 
continued their talk, but on subjects in 
which (jrtorge had no interest. 

At length he lieard one of them say in 
an eajjer tone, '• there he is, "and looking 
up he saw a new-comer just entering the 
room from the street. One of those at 
the table went up to him and addressed 
him as Bill, bringing liim to the table 
where his companions set. 

" He told us to meet you here an' we've 
been here since supper," begun one of 
the meuf in a tone so low that Greorge 
could scarcely distinguish the words. 

" He did?" questioned the new-comer, 
as if surprised at the words. 

" Yes, he did, an' las' night, too," re- 
plied the other. 

Bill made no reply, but rising fi-om the 
table stepped up to the bar and spoke a 
moment to the bar-tender, who pres- 
ently handed him a slip of paper which 
he took from a drawer in the bench. 

Bill glanced over the paper and care- 
lessly crumpling it in liis hand returned 
to the table where his friends impatiently 
awaited him. 

"It's all right," he said to them as he 
set down. " He told me may be he'd get 
you two to hunt up suthin' fur him, an' 
now I know what it is he wants done." 

"Well," said the others, impatiently. 

"You're to go among all the divisions 
of the army, and," here lie lowered his 
voice to a whisper, and Greorge could 
catch here and there the words, "feel- 
ings," "numbers," and " Ball's tavern." 

From this he concluded that they were 
to be sent into Burnside's army tor the 
purpose of gaining information on partic 
ular parts of the equipment, and here- 
solved at the same time to see the bit of 
paper whicn the man called Bill, held in 
his hand. 

Whether this would give him any as- 
sistance in his search lie could not be 
sure until he had seen it, but he was 
almost certain that it was written by the 
man he was following. 

The three men gave him no more 
chance to play eavesdropper, for they 
moved their chairs up to tlie stove out of 
George's reach, though they knew per- 
fectly well there was no fire in ir. 

After toying with the paper some time 
longer, Bill opened the stove door and 
dropped it inside, and tlien rising, he 
went and stood in the outer door watch- 
ing the passers-bj'. 

The other two liaving probably re- 
ceived all their instructions, moved up 



to the other tai)lc where the card-playing 
was still going on. 

This seemed a favorable opportunity 
for George to get possession of tlie paper, 
and he cautiously but leisurely ap- 
proached the stove. 

]So one appeared to notice hiui, and 
when he reached the tloor he liastily 
swept his eyes about the room. 

The bar-tender was engaged in cleaning 
some heavy beer glasse.s, and the other 
men were watching the game. 

Feeling that he would nf)t have a more 
favorable opportunity he hastily stooped 
down and opened the do(jr. 

The little ball of jjaper lay on a pile of 
chips almost at the back of the stove. 
As his fingers closed about it he heard 
an exclamation of rage and astonishment, 
quickly followed by footsteps across the 
floor. 

Jerking his hand out of the stove and 
slipping the i)aper into a pocket, he 
turned around appalled at the sight that 
met his gaze. 

Bill was advancing upon him with a 
long, gleaming knife. He bad turned 
just in time to detect George reachir.g 
into the stove, and instantly surmised 
his purpose. 

Believing himself in the presence of a 
Union spy, he naturallj' decided to cap- 
ture him at once. 

George's heart sunk at his approach, 
not because he feared the man, but be- 
cause he dreaded worse than anything 
§lse, the prospect of failure. In the 
room were eight men and the only possi- 
bility of saving himself and retaining the 
paper was to resort to flight. 

The men at the card-table had sprung 
to their feet at once, and each seized a 
chair as if resolved to have a hand in the 
fight also. 

Springing behind the stove, which 
from its height and large diameter af- 
forded an impromptu breastwork, George 
whipped out his revolver and leveled it 
at Bill, when a new enemy appeared on 
the scene. 

The bar-tender leaped upon the bar 
grasping a heavy glass bottle in each 
hand. 

Things were now beginning to get 
warm, and his assailants begun to close 
in. 

Considering Bill his most dangerous 
adversary, George kept his revolver 
leveled at him, while his eyes glanced 
warily at the others. The bar-tender, 
perceiving his chance, raised one of the 
bottles and hurled it through the air 
like a cannon-ball. As he dodged be- 
hind the stove to avoid it, George 
emptied his revolver into Bill, who 
fell to the floor with a groan, while the 



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LIETTTENANT GEORGE. 



MS 



bottle crashed into a thousand pieces 
against the wall. 

Raisinjj^ l)is sujoking revolver a<;ain 
Geor;4e leveled it at the bar-tender, who 
was about to launch another missile. 

Seeint? this one of the men swung his 
chair about his head and hurled it with 
all his strength. As he dodged this 
George's revolver cracked again and it 
•was the bar-tender this tiuje who 
droppeil, but not before he had sent an- 
other bottle whizzing in dangerous prox- 
imity past George's head. 

The course of The chair was not so true; 
it sti-uck The stove-pipe and knocked it 
down, tilling the room with a cloud of 
soot which'for a moment almost blinded 
George. 

Before he could recover the second 
chair was thrown, and resulted more dis- 
astrously than the first, knocking the 
huge sTove over with a tremendous 
crash, thus destroying George's only 
means of protection except liis revolver. 

By the time he had his eyes cleared 
from the soot he was surrounded by six 
men, each brandishing a chair. Turning 
like lightning on one who was about to 
strike, he placed the muzzle of his revol- 
ver against liis body and fired, the 
rebound blowing a horrible holejn tiie 
man\s body. 

His sudden turning on this man may 
be said to have saved Ins life, for another 
of his antagonists had brought a chair 
down with terrific force upon the place 
where he stood an instant before. 

This took effect on the liead of one of 
his comrades, crushing his head in a ter- 
rible manner and spattering his brains 
on the floor. 

Taking advantage of the confusion this 
mishap caused, George sprung out of the 
group, bestowing upon one who endeav- 
ored to intercept him a vicious blow with 
the butt of his revolver. 

Hai dly knowing where he was going, 
he sprung through the door which led 
from the room, and finding himself in a 
passage-way ran the length of it at the 
top of his speed, madly jmrsued by his 
late antagonists. 

Kicking open a door which resisted his 
progress, he found himself in pitchy 
darkness, but upon looking upward he 
saw the sky overhead. His eyes becom- 
ing somewhat accustomed to the con- 
dition of things, he was enabled to .*;< e a tail 
fence about twenty feet in front of him. 

Springing to it he clambered over and 
dropped on the other side, just as his 
pursuers reached the yard. He found 
himself in a narrow alley wl;ence he 
quickly emerged upon a street that he 
recognized as the one in which he had 
hidden his horse. 



Ten minutes later he was riding out cf 
KnoxviJle on his way to Colonel Kiddin's 
headquarters. 



CHAPTER IV. 

THE OLD STONE HOUSE. 



After riding about half an hour, during 
Vidiicli time he recovered his breath, he 
begun to feel the effects of his fierce fight 
in tiie tavern. 

His eyes pained very much, and he 
concluded, from a swelling in bis fore- 
head, that he had been rfruck by some- 
thing which in the excitement and tur- 
moil of the moment he had not noticed. 

He shuddered as he thought of the 
fight and its fatal cons^equences; two men 
at leiisthad fallen victims to his revolver. 

This much he was sure of, and how 
dangerously the others were wounded he 
could only conjecture. 

The fact of his own nuraculous escape, 
practically unwounded, he attributed to 
his good fortune of happening among the 
desperadoes when they were totally with- 
out fire-arms. 

All this slaughter over an insignificant 
piece of white paper, which possibly con- 
tained nothing of any value toward the 
furtherance of his plans. 

Recalling this to mind he resolved to 
learn the contents of the note, for the 
possession of which he had imperiled his 
life, as soon as a favorable opportunity 
presented itself. ^ 

About ten miles from Knoxville he en- 
tered a thick forest, which the moonless 
night rendered doubly gloomy. 

Through this his road lay for about 
three miles, the whole length of which 
was unbroken by the presence of a single 
house. 

It seemed to be one of those numerous 
tracts opened for the first time during 
the late war for the passage of the oppos- 
ing armies, and altogether was as wierd 
and uninviting as the wilderness itself. 

Here it might be sitrmised uiany guer- 
rillas and other characters of the wai" 
made their home, but the near approach 
of the rival armies had driven them to 
more secure quarters. 

As he came to a cross in "the roads the 
horse, unnoticed by his rider, diverged 
from the main road into that which led 
still further into solitudes of the forest. 

So much occupied in turning over the 
events of the last few hours in his mind, 
George did not notice the deviation until 
he was aroused by seeing a light some 
distance ahead. 

He pulled the horse up with a jerk, un- 
certain for a moment where he was. 
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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



11 



road, he perceived that in allowing the 
horse the freedom of tiie lines, lie had 
been carried out of his way, thoufj^li how 
far he could not determine. 

Being unaware ot the presence of any 
habitations in the forest, he resolved, 
from motives of prudence and also from 
curiosity, to proceed far enough to learn 
the meaning of a light in such an out-of- 
the-way spot. 

Cautiously moving forward he found 
to his suri)rise, after going about two 
hundred yards, that a large stone-house' 
occupied a cleared eminence on one sid^ 
of the road. 

Slipi)ing from his horse and leading 
him into the shrubbery which grew 
thickly on all sides, he started lor the 
house, which was appi'oached by a long 
avenue flanked on each side by a row of 
tail trees. 

Except for the light which streamed 
from a lower-story window on one side of 
the large front door, the place might 
have been supposed completely deserted. 
Not a light appeared through any of the 
tightly closed shutters, and from the 
grass which he could see upon the drive- 
way, even in the darkness, George be- 
lieved the inhabitants were only tem- 
porary. 

Keeping out of the rays which shone 
from the window, he stepped close to the 
wall and made a hasty survey of the 
room inside. Contrary to his expecta- 
tions the room was furnished not pro- 
fusely, but enough to deny any appear- 
ance of bareness. 

An old-fashioned sofa, half a dozen 
chairs, and a table were arrayed decor- 
ously along the walls, and the floor was 
covered with a rich t)iough considerably 
worn carpet. 

That wiiich concentrated George's at- 
tention was a desk standing in the middle 
of the floor, witli a man on each side of it. 
On the top of the desk was a valise, a 
sword and the lamp whose light attracted 
our hero to the spot. 

One of the lyeu was dressed in the uni- 
form of a Confederate captain. 

He sat behind the desk with his eyes 
fastened upon his companion, who was 
looking at some documents which he had 
taken from the valise. 

The captain had a .smooth face and 
was a tall, well-built man, probably thirty 
years of age. That he distrusted his 
companion miyiit be inferred from the 
fact that he held a revolver in the hand^ 
that rested on the desk. 

The other man was dres.sed in citizen's 
clothes, and was short and fat, also v,'ith 
a smooth face. 

George cDuld see that, though he was 
busily engaged examining papers, he de- 



tected every movement his companion 
made, and from the manner in which his 
eyes roved back and forth to the revolver 
it was evident that he had no intention of 
provoking its owner to use it. 

At length the portly individual opened 
a legal-looking paper, and after running 
his eye liastily over it handed it to his 
companion with the remark, "what do 
you think of thatf 

Tlieother took it up and begun to read 
it attentively. 

Meanwhile the portly man reached 
with a cat-like movement another paper, 
and as his fingers closed about it he raised 
his eyes to the face of. the captain who 
was still reading and apparently did not 
notice this by-play. As if satisfied that 
he was unobserved the portly man ex- 
pertly withdrew the paper from the table 
and slipped it into tlie crack in the desk 
on the side opposite the captain. 

When the latter put down the paper 
which he had been reading, his compan- 
ion was quietly examining the papers 
that remained in the valise, as if nothing 
had occurred to interrup'u him in the 
occupation. 

At length, as if he had exhausted all 
his efrorts, he pushed himself back a 
little from the table, at the same time 
spreading his hands deprecatingly, and 
saying: "It's no use, you see, ca'ptain. 
The paper, somehow or other, has dis- 
appeared, but where to or how I cannot 
say. 1 think you had better give me a 
little more time." 

"Not another day," cried the other, 
determinedly. "You know where that 
paper is, and you must and shall produce 
it. All the papers of the estate were 
given into your keeping, that one among 
the rest, and Til have it or have your lite,' 
and he grasped the revolver in his hand 
more tightly. 

It may have been his intention to carry 
out his threat then and there, and but 
for a sudden interruption his compan- 
ion's blood might have been soilled on 
the spot. 

Just as the captain ceased speaking the 
report of a musket echoed through the 
forest, and the sounds of horses' feet 
rapidly nearing the house were heard. 
Both men sprung to their feet as if, un- 
certain who the new-comers might be. 

"I'll see you again,'' said the captain, 
in a threatening tone, "and remember 
what is sure to happen to you If that 
p;!j)er is not given to me in a very short 
time." 

Just as the fat man opened his lips to 
reply a half-dozen blue-coats burst into 
the room. Bounding to the desk Mith 
activity astonishinu- foroneof hisweight, 
he extinguished the light, leaving their 



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pursuers groping ab"6nt in the darkness, 
while he and his companion, owing 
doubtless to their superior knowledge of 
the place, easily made their escape from 
the room. 

As soon as George ascertained that 
the invading party was composed of 
United States troops he walked boldly 
into tlieir midst, v.reating no little sur- 
prise by his sudden ap[»earance. 

Two of the cavalrymen at once laid 
hands on him and were promptly shaken 
ofT and asked to couduet him to their 
commanding officer without delay. As 
soon as the latter issued from the 
houpe after an unsuccessful search for 
the rebel captain, George was brought 
before iiim. 

"Ah, ha!'' he exclaimed, "a prisoner." 

"No, sir; I'm nobody's prisoner," re- 
pied George, emphaticall}'. 

" What are you doing here, then, and 
who .are you?" asked the officer, suspi- 
ciously. 

" It you can get enough light to read 
by I can soon satisfy you on that point," 
returned George, who did not wonder at 
being an object of suspicion, considering 
his garb. 

A torch was accordingly brought, and 
while the officer was satisfying himself 
as to his captive's good intentions, 
George liimself pulled the white slip 
from his pocket and spread it out. It 
was as follows: 

" Meet me in Canebrake swamp at the 
rendezvous on the night of the Ibth. 

" Graycoat." 

"Humphl'I muttered George, as he re- 
turned it to his pocket, "I made a big 
risk for that, but maybe it wiU turn out 
that I didn't risk too much." 

He was treated with much more cere- 
mony by the party of cavalry since the 
officer had examined his papers, and was 
urgently requested to accompany the 
party to their canif), but as he was in 
haste to report to the colonel, he refused 
the inviration. 

The officer was a thorough gentleman, 
and by the time tlie party reached the 
cross-roads it seemed to George almost 
as if that they had been friends for some 
time, instead of acquaintances of less 
than an hour. 

They parted at the cross-roads, and in 
less than an hour GeiM-ge reached tlie 
colonel's headquarters. 



CHAPTER V. 

A TIMKLY RESCUE. 

During the immediately ensuing four 
pr live days George was kept busy going 



back and forth with information con- 
cerning details which the colonel was 
most anxious to fully understand. There- 
fore neither of them had any time to con- 
sider the mysterious note of the redoubt- 
able rebel scout, who fancifully styled 
himself Graycoat. 

Beyond making his report, he had no 
conversation with the colonel on the 
stibject, and as the eighteenth day of 
the month was some little time ahead, 
he inferred that the colonel had decided 
to postpone the hunt for the scout until 
some of the more pressing affairs were 
disposed off. 

The colonel professed to be much 
pleased with the result of his investiga- 
tions at Knoxville, but George couldn't 
help feeling that he diil not possess his 
superior's full confidence. 

He still remembered the man whom he 
had seen in the colonel's headquarters, 
and how he had received his orders 
openly in the hearing of strangers, and 
the doubt and distrust engendered ia 
his mind then had not disappeared. 

This came to him forcibly the next 
night in the shape of an attack upon the 
camp by a rebel company, the fii'st since 
the detection of Sandy's traitorous prac- 
tices. 

Though he was far from accusing thb 
unknown person wiiom he had seen in 
the colonel's tent of causing this attack, 
he thought it not improbable that he 
had something to do with it. 

George would have spoken to his com- 
mander about the fidelity of the scout, 
could he have done so with uny pro- 
priety, but he knew exactly to what 
lengths inferiors can go with their su- 
periors, and discreetly lield his peace. 

He had just returned from a thirty- 
mile ride one morning, and at ten o'clock 
was eating his long postponed breakfast, 
when he observed several of the most 
trustworthy troops spring to their feet 
and rush for their arms. 

The cause of this sudden movement 
was the appearance at the edge of the 
woods of a horse and rider coming to- 
ward them. 

In a few seconds the men, who had 
drawn theujselves up, laid aside their 
guns with a sheepish look, for thej' per- 
ceived upon the nearer approacii that 
the rider of the horse was a female. 

She came on at a furious pace, and 
never drew rein until within a few feet of 
the musketeers. 

George, who happened to be the only 
officer in the camp at the time, advanced 
towartl her. 

"Oh, sir,'' she exclaimed, as soon as 
she caught her breath, " a party of Con- 
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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



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our house, and I implore you, if you have 
any pity, to come and rescue my father 
and mother, who both are sick, from 
them." 

George being left in charge of the camp, 
with only a few followers, could not, 
without a break of discipline, couiply 
with this request. 

The colonel was fully a mile away, giv- 
ing some matters his personal supervision, 
and at least his permission must be 
gained before any move could be made. 

"1 beseech you, sir, make haste," the 
maiden cried, observing him hesifate. 
"I beg of you make up your mind 
whether you will undertake this expe- 
dition of mercy, otherwise I must look 
elsewhere for succor." 

George immediately despatched an or- 
derly for the colonel's permission, on his 
own horse, which was the fleetest in the 
company, then turning to the young 
lady, whose eyes were full of tears with 
vexation at the delay she could not un- 
derstand the necessity for, he said: 

" Madam, the only reason why I do not 
instantly accompany you is that I h?^ve 
been left in charge of this body of men 
you see here, and I must have permission 
before I can stir from the spot. I have 
just now sent to my commanding officer, 
and I hope to be at your service in five 
minutes." 

The girl wrung her hands in anguish of 
mind, but made no reply, and George, to 
enable her to pass the time in less sus- 
pense, asked her where her father's house 
was, and what number of rebels had at- 
tacked it. 

From her rapid but clear description 
he recognized the house to be one whose 
situation he had often admired. 

Though a Unionist, Ur. Adams, whom 
George knew to be the owner of the 
place, had been left undisturbed in his 
house more probably from inadvertence 
than from design. Himself and his wife 
being invalids lived in seclusion and hap- 
piness with their only daughter, Clara, 
until this very day, wlien the house was 
entered by a body of Confederate sol- 
diery and ordered burned, as the prop- 
erty of a traitor to the cause of the South- 
ern States. 

By the time she had finished, the or- 
derly dashed up covered with dust from 
his rapid ride, and conveyed the desired 
order to George. 

Swinging himself into the saddle, he 
cried oat to the men whom he had mean- 
while drawn up preparatory to moving 
at any minute: 

" Boj's, we're going to save this young 
lady's house from being burned down by 
the rebels. Brace yourself for some fierce 
fighting." 



A hurra was the only answer from the 
fifty Olid throats, and the cavalcade 
started off at a ten-mile gait, with George 
at their head and Miss Adams at his side 
to act as guide. 

George knew, or tliought he did, all 
the .roads leading to Dr. Adams', but be- 
fore they had gone two miles he was 
shown his mistake. 

"Do you know the nearest way lieu — 
lieutenant.'' Aren't you a lieutenant, 
sir?" and a faint smile crossed her face as 
she asked the question. 

" I am a first lieutenant in the United 
States Army, Miss Adams." rephed 
George, with a smile, thinking at the 
moment what a beautiful face Miss 
Adams had. " I think the nearest way 
to reach the house .will be by Roaring , 
Creek bridge." 

" Oh, no, lieutenant," she cried, eagerly, 
then feeling that she had been impolite 
in her readj' contradiction she added: 
"Excuse me, sir, but I am certain that I 
know a road that cuts off at least a mile 
from the distance." 

George was so sure that he knew the 
wdiole country so well that a short road, 
like one of which she spoke, could not be 
unknown to him, therefore he smiled in- 
credulously to himself. 

"Did j'ou never notice, sir." Miss 
Adams went on, "what a roundabout 
curve the Roaring Creek road is?" 

"But it is not so roundabout as the 
Buffalo cross roads," replied George. 

"I can see, lieutenant,'' replied she, 
demurelj', " that you are not very well 
acquainted with this part of the country." 

" Indeed, Miss Adams, I should feel 
much ashamed of myself if I did not 
know this part of the countrj- thor- 
oughly," he returned, so gravely that she 
thought she had offended him. 

"Pardon me, lieutenant, if I have said 
anything that I ought not. but here is 
the road of which I speak," and she 
pointed to a narrow path, much similar 
to That b}' which George had tracked 
Sandv McCo&h to the rebel rendezvous. 

" Does this lead to your father's house. 
Miss Adams?" asked George of her in sur- 
prise. 

"Indeed it does, sir," she replied, "and 
almost in a straight line." 

The path was much moi'e open thau 
the one which George had traversed be- 
fore, and consequently the troop was able 
to proceed as rapidly as if on the main 
road. 

The order was given, and the mea 
broke into single file and started on 
again. 

" Miss Adams," said George, when they 
were enabled to ride side by side again, 
"in bringing this road to my attentioa 



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you have done me a gr^at favor, and I 
thank, you for it luost heartily.'' 

She looked at hiiu a moment in sur- 
prise, and then said: 

" How, sir? I do not understand you." 

"I am not doing regular but special 
duty in the army, and it is important 
when 1 am sent places for me to be able 
to come and ^o by the shortest and most 
direct routes," said George, in explana- 
tion. 

"You are a scout, in plain language, 
lieutenant." 

" You seem to be conversant with army 
terms, Miss Adams," he replied, evasivelj. 

"Yes," she replied; "did you not no- 
tice how soon 1 recognized you as a lieu- 
tenant?" 

" I confess I noticed it at the time, but 
I hope you will not repeat that I am a 
scout to anybody. To be able to pro- 
ceed unknown is worth almost more than 
anything else in that kind of duty," was 
George's answer. 

"You may depend upon me to say 
nothing on the subject except by your 
leave," she rejoined. "We are quite 
near the house, and there," she gave a 
slight scream, "see the smoke. They 
must have alrea,dy set tire to it," and she 
was about to urge her horse forward 
when George laid his hand on the bridle. 

After assuring her that she could do 
nothing to aid her parents, and would be 
only likely to get herself wounded in ac- 
companying the troops any further, she 
was persuaded to go to the rear. 

Pulling his sword fi-om the scabbard, 
George dashed forward, followed by his 
men. 

The smoke was only beginning to issue 
from the windows of the first story, and 
from the number of riderless horses in 
charge of one or two men it was known 
that the rebels were inside the house. 

Those in charge of the horses instantly 
shouted the alarm to their comrades 
within, and then springing each on a 
horse, fled from the spot with the speed 
of the wind. 

Never slackening their headlong gait 
till they reached the door, George and 
his followers flung themselves into the 
house. 

Guided by the sounds of crashing 
crockery and glassware, and of breaking 
furniture, they went on till they reached 
the dining-room, which was full of Con- 
federate soldiers. 

With a wild yell the latter recognized 
the new-comers to be their enemies, and 
both rushed upon each other, discharg- 
ing pistols and whirling sabers in the 
most Indiscriminata fashion. 

The bodies were about evenly matched, 
and the result was for some minutes 



doubtful, but at length dismayed by the ' 
death of their leader, who fell in a sword 
conte.''t with George, the Confederates 
were driven out the back way through 
the kitchen, where they would all have 
been taken prisoners had not George 
ordered his men to put out the fire at 
once. 

Thus the rebels were left to escape on 
foot, their horses having been driven : 
away by the mad charge of Uncle Sam's * 
men. 5' 

Meanwhile, George and his soldiers 
were gallantly combating the flauies, 
fires having been kindled in several 
rooms by their enemies. 

Table linen served as kindling for one 
fire, and the flames catching on the heavy 
carpet bade fair to defy the efforts of the 
men. 

At length, after twenty minutes hard 
work, the last bucket of Jivater from the 
well in the yard W7is cast on the floor and 
the fire was extinguished. 

They next turned their attention to 
searching for the old doctor and his wife, 
and a murmur of indignation rose from 
the men when they beneld the old maa 
stretched on a bed in -the yard. The 
rebels had carried his bed from the upper 
story, and then brought Mrs. Adams 
down in the same manner. 

What the rebels had intended to do 
with them after destroying the house 
cannot be conjectured. 

According to t)ie request of Miss Adams, 
who stayed in the rear only till the others 
had entered the house, her mother and 
father were carried carefully up to their 
rooms, and then the men set about re- 
pairing the mischief done to the house. 

They could not repair the raviiges of the 
fire, but they carried out from the din- 
ing-room several dead bodies, including 
three of their own number, and buried 
tliem clo.'^e to the edge of the forest. 

While they were thus engaged George 
was thinking seriously how to make ar- 
rangements for the best interests of the 
house and its inmates. If the rebels who 
attacked it were a roving party he had 
no fears of their returning after the 
severe handling they had received, but if 
they had received orders to destroy the 
house, they would undoubtedly return 
with a larger force to do the work. 

It was plain that he could not save the 
house with his small force if this latter 
svipposltion were, true, so he decided, 
withou'lfctelling Miss Adams of hi* fears, 
to proceed back to headquarters at once 
and let the coloMt'l know how matters 
stood, hoping in his heart that he would 
be sent back with instiuctions to guard 
the house until the immediate danger of 
its destructioa be passed. 



LIEUTENANT GEORr:}E. 



15 



CHAPTER VI. 

AMBL'SIIKU. 

As George, in pursuance of this design, 
had called his men together and was 
about to give the order to go forward. 
Miss Adauis, who had only a luoujent be- 
fore entered the hou^^e, now came to him 
and said; 

"Lieutenant, my father and mother 
feel deeply your kindness in coniiug to 
their rescue, and though they are both 
too much disturbed by the recent com- 
motion to see you just now, they hope 
you will give them an opportunity to 
hiank you in person."' / 

" I am very glad to have been able to 
serve you and your parents, Miss Adams," 
replied George, "but I need iio thanks 
for doing what , I should have' done for 
any persons who had the misfortune to 
be placed in the s;>me circumstances." 

"My parents will feel it, lieutenant," 
ehe said, "if you do not give them an op- 
portunity of doing what will be to them 
H pleasure. You will be doing me a. great 
favor if you can sacrifice your feelings 
sufficiently to do as they wisli." 

" Miss Adams, you misumlerstand me," 
returned George eagerly, pained at her 
quiet rebuke of his seeming stubborn- 
ness. "I will do as you say "' and 

giving her a salute he rode off, followed 
by his little band. 

He was anxious to get out of the neigh- 
borhood as quickly a& possible, for he 
feared the f^scaped rebels would bring 
down upon him an overv/helming force, 
to wliich for the sake of his men he woukl 
be compelled to surrender. If he had 
felt tluit he would not be overstepping 
the bounds of his authority he would liave 
remained at the house till the next day. 
H6-A\'as sure he could have held it against 
a larga f orce of the enemy uidess they 
brought artillery ty bear upon it, which, 
considering the irftuation of their army 
at the time, was highly improbable. 

His party was now aouut a mile from 
the Adauis mansion, and as they were 
riding along a narrow portion of the road, 
"which was thickly wooded qn both sides, 
they were fii-ed at from each flank, ayd a 
body of Confederate cavalry which were 
concealed ia ambush rushed upon them. 

Though astonished at the sudden- 
ness of the attack, which was a complete 
i surprise, George quickly rallied liis men 
^'-around him and ciiarged the body which 
i "was on the right. 

£ Being attacked when they expected 

only to attack caused the rebels to fall 

l)ack a few rods, but as each of their 

i l)odies singly outnumbered George's, they 

*■ Came on again, with yells of excitement 

and rage. 



Wljjrling his sword over his head 
George shouteil a few words to his nien, 
telling them what they would have to 
expect if they allowed themselves to fall 
into the hands of their enemies; then 
si)urring forward he met their assailants, 
wdio had consolidated into one body, all 
determining to break through the oppos- 
ing line or perish in the attempt. 

The Confederates were led by a captain, 
and George could see through the dust 
and smoke that he looked somewhat fa- 
nuliar. He had ample opportunity for 
closer inspection, for the two came to- 
gether and crossed swords in an instant. 

Geoi-ge had paid a great deal of atten- 
tion to the art of fencing, and though he 
had not, as many others in the army, 
been pupils to any great lencing-master, 
he was considered one of the most expert 
swordsmen in the \V est. It was no un- 
common thing for him to send his an- 
tagonist's sword flying through the air, 
nearly wrenching oti' his arm by the 
strength of the sweep. 

The average Northerner was far behind 
the Southern gentleman in feats of arms, 
and particularly did the latter excel in 
the use of the sword. 

One of the r-easons for this was that every 
gentleman in the North was engaged in 
some kind of business, while those of the 
South left the management of their af- 
faii's in the hands of a steward, usitally 
one of their slaves, »vhde they themselves 
spent their time in visiting and enter- 
taining their friends, at the same time 
devoting much time to athletic pursuits, 
among which figured prominently that 
of fencing. 

When George closed in with the rebel 
captain he realized that he must hghc 
and tinish quickly, as he ditl not suppose 
his men could withstand the superior 
numbers of the enemy many minutes. 

As soon as he had a full and unob- 
structed view of his antagonist's face ha 
started; he recognized him to be the 
same man whom he had seen in the 
stone house. 

"1 could make him jump by telling 
liim I overheard his whole talk with that 
sleeli-lookiug man," thought George as 
their sabers flew through the air. 

'•I wonder," he went on to himself, " if 
the other one ever got that paper he so 
cleverly stuck into the desk right before 
this z'ebel's eyes." 

His reflections were interrupted here 
by the captain redoubling his efforts to 
break through our hero's guard, and the 
I arer now aildiessedhimself tothe taskof 
ciisarming his antagonist as soon as 
possible. 

All this passed in about one or two 
minutes, and tlie fight was going oa 



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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



fiercely all around the pair of swords- 
men! 

Pistol-balls were flying in all directions, 
and the handful of boys in blue were 
making the most determined stand by 
their young commander. 

Already riderless horses were to be 
seen everywhere, and the narrow road 
was getting thickly strewn with dead 
and wounded. 

In a few minutes George's men were 
driven to one side of the road, where they 
sought shelter behind a worm-fence 
whence they poured a fire so deadly into 
their enemy's faces that they fell back a 
few moments, and the Unionists with a 
loud cheer of triumph pressed forward. 

This act of bravado cost them the 
victory, for had they remained behind 
the breastwork of fence they might have 
been able to repulse the rebels again and 
again, or at least till their numbers be- 
came in a measure equal. But no sooner 
did they come forward than they were 
surrounded and the skirmish became a 
furious hand-to-hand conflict. 

The captain and George soon found 
they were pretty evenly matched, neither 
having been able to break or penetrate 
the other's guard. 

However, when George heard the cheer 
of his men he prepared to make his 
greatest effort, but as he leaned forward 
his horse tottered under him, shot by a 
pistol- ball. 

The whole troop passed over him, and 
just as he made an effort to rise a terrible 
blow on the head stretchetl him uncon- 
scious on the ground. 

His men, who had fought most gal- 
lantly while he led them, were, as is often 
the case when the governing hand is re- 
moved, panic stricken at his fall, and the 
body, now reduced to a mere handful, 
scampered off at the top of tlieir horses' 
speed, leaving their fallen leader in the 
hands of his enemies. 



CHAPTER VII. 

CAPTURE AND ESCAPE. 

When George recovered consciousness 
he found himself lying on thegrasa under 
a tree whicli grew close to a rapidly run- 
ning brook. Two of his troop were close 
by him, closely guarded by a rebel sol- 
dier, who liad evidently been placed there. 

A little further down the bank of the 
brook, where the trees grew more tiiickly, 
the rebels had halted and were taking 
some refreshment, though it was far past 
the hour of noon. 

As George raised himself from the 
ground to look for his late antagoinst, 
the rebel captain, he felt a sharp pain 



shoot through his left shoulder, and he 
fell back upon the grass, realizing too 
truly by his present ^^ituation how tha 
late skirmish had terminated. Aj 

As his thoughts were none of the pleas- W 
antest, he resolved to question one of his 
com [)a.ii ions, botli of whom he noticed 
were regarding him earnestly, as if they 
looked upon his return to consciousness 
with the greatest satisfaction. 

"l^Iike," he said, to one whose very ap- 
pearance betokened that he had come 
from the Emerald Isle, "how is it that 
we are making camp with the rebels?" 

" Och, leftenant," replied Mike, pulling 
his forelock respectfully, "I'm moighty 
glad yez have come to, seein' yez hev bin 
layin' there dead-like fer about an hour; 
but as to yer honor's question, sure we're 
doing the spalpeens o' rebels no good by 
layin' on the ground, or harm either, aa 
fur as I can see." 

"Where are all the rest of our men?" 
inquired George. "Aren't you two the 
only ones here, or have they taken some 
awav to prison alreadyf 

"Those as could run away as fast as 
they could as soon as you fell under, and 
as me an' Jake, here, couldn't git away, 
bein' hemmed in on all sides by the var- 
mints, we graceful-like handed ourselvey 
over, havin' no shootin'-irons or any- 
thing else to fight with." 

Notwithstanding the fact that his men's 
retreat was the primary cause of his be- 
ing a prisoner, George was secretly re- 
joiced that tliey had escaped without the 
entire body being killed. 

He was very much afraid that the col- 
onel would hold him responsible for hav- 
ing caused the death of a number of the 
best soldiers of his troop, and this was 
something that a person of George's 
proud feelings could not bear to think of. 

He felt perfectly justified in reporting 
the loss wliich the troop sustained in sav- 
ing tlie family and property of Dr. Adams 
from the destructive malice of the Con- 
federate soldiers, but he could not look 
upon the last fray in the same light. 

In that instance he had allowed his 
troop to be surprised by a much superior 
force of the enemy, and how badly his 
party had suffered he could only conjec- 
ture, as he had not an idea that the two 
men who were prisoners with him could 
give any correct statement of the loss. 

"Mike," he said, turning suddenly to 
that worth}% "did we come here directly 
after the fight, or did the rebels go and 
fire the house we saved this morning?" 

" No, leftenant, we come here-away at 
onet, and sure we've been here ever since, 
and will be," he added, dropping his 
voice, " 'till to-night." 

The sentinel who was guardiug them 



LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



17 



now approached and said he was ordered 
to permit no conversation to pass be- 
tween the prisoners, and that if they in- 
sisted upon talkintj he would be compel- 
led to separate them. 

For some time after this nothing was 
said, but at length George, with a start 
©f surprise, saw the captain come toward 
him. 

He stopped, however, when he reached 
the guard and talked with him some 
minutes. 

George watched him a few minutes, 
thinking to himself what a gloomy man 
he must be, and wondering what secret 
there was between him and the little fat 
man. 

" I suppose that fat fellow went back 
to the house and took the papers that he 
was so anxious the captain should not see. 
It must have been of considerable value 
to the captain, too, or he would not have 
made such threats against the other." 

George ruminated on this subject until 
long after the captain left the spot, and 
his thoughts led on — diverged into an- 
other channel — that of the famous Con- 
federate spy. 

He still had the tell-tale note, which he 
believed was written by this person, and 
be hoped to be present at the meeting of 
which it spoke. 

He discovered long before this time 
that his wounds were mere trifles, and 
amounted to nothing beyond a sore 
ehoulder and the lump on his head, in- 
flicted by something heavy enough to 
deprive him of his senses for a time. 

Night at length drew on, and he noticed 
with some surprise that the rebels 
showed no signs of moving from the 
spot. 

It was unusual for so small a body to 
encamp so far from the army lines, and 
he could not see what they should gain 
by remaining where they were. 

About dark the guard was relieved and 
the new sentry took his stand about 
twenty feet from the three prisoners, ar- 
ranging his beat so that he could detect 
their slightest movement the instant it 
was made. 

The fact that at no time was his back 
directly toward them made attempts to 
escape doubh^ hazardous. 

Willie George was thinking of some 
way to turn this fact to his own advan- 
tage he was startled at hearing a light 
footstep behind the tree against which 
he leaned. 

Listening a moment and not hearing 
anything, he was about to conclude that 
he had mistaken the sound, when a voice 
close to his ear whispered: 

"^hen the sentinel moves away run 
Into the woods with your comoanions." 



Before he could recover from his aston- 
ishment he heard the light footsteps 
growing fainter as they receded from the 
tree. 

He certainly could not be mistaken in 
that voice; the owner of it was evidently 
about to aid him to escape in some way, 
though how he had not the most remote 
idea. 

Things might turn out better than be 
expected. 

His two companions were talking to 
each other in whispers, in entire igno- 
rance of what had just passed near them, 
and he feared to tell them anything lest 
it might attract the guaru's attention. 

It was scarcelj- more than a minute 
later when the clatter of hoofs was heard 
and a horse dashed up, mounted by a 
girhsh figure, whom George instantly 
recognized as Miss Adams. 

She stopped her hurse about midway 
between the main body of Confederates 
and their prisoners, crying out: 

*' Be on your guard! There is a large 
body of Yankee soldiers coming down 
upon you! They are right behind mel" 

Her sudden appearance created the 
greatest disturbance in the camp, and 
the sentinel, the instant she appeared, 
directed his musket at her, thereby giv- 
ing George and his companions the op- 
portunity they desired. 

They sprung across the brook and into 
the bushes on the other side just as their 
guard turned to make sure they did not 
take advantage of the confusion and 
escape. 

He perceived that he was too late, but 
he sent a bullet after them which whizzed 
so close to Mike's head that it took a lock 
of hair along with it. 

Springing over the brook with three 
or four soldiers, they attempted pursuit, 
but George, being intimately acquainted 
with the country, led his men quickly 
out of their reach. 

After going about a mile Mike, on 
whom the rapid run was a sweater, 
asked to sit down on a fallen tree to rest, 
and George feeling perfectly secure, 
made no protest. 

The rebel band stood by the camp 
until they ascertained that the opposing 
ti'oop was much too strong for them, 
then retired within the protection of 
their own army some miles to the south. 



CHAPTEK VIII. 

PURSUED BY A BLOODHOUND. 

After giving Mike sufficient time to re- 
cover, George decided to make their way 
to headquarters as soon as possible. 

Notwithstanding that it was night, and 



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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



a dark night, too, he was sure that it 
would not take theui much above two 
hours to reach tlje end of their journey, 
but he found before going very far tliat 
"there's many a slip 'twixt cup and Hp." 

They were moving along at a rapid 
walk when he saw, upon ascending a 
little hill, a bright fire burning down in 
a ravine about a quarter of a mile away. 

"There's something that must be 
looked to," he muttered to himself; and 
ordering his companions to await hiiu 
where they were, he turned ofT to see 
who was passing the night in the middle 
of the forest. 

As lie approached the fire he noticed 
that the spot was hemmed in on all sides 
and that the light was only visible from 
the depths of the forest. 

If he had passed on the otlier side of it 
he would not have seen it at all. 

Toward the bottom of the ravine the 
ground grew marshy, and some places he 
stepped almost up to his knees into the 
water. 

" I can't understand what men want in 
such a liole as this," he muttered. "I 
wonder if this is Canebrake Marsh? 
Gravcoat has a safe olace to hide in if 
it is."" 

When he approached within fifty feet 
of the fire he saw it was the camp of a 
party of guerrillas. 

They liad evidently returned from a 
marauding expedition, as George noted 
several wine-bottles lying on the ground. 

There were only twelve men in the 
party, at least that was all tliere were to 
be seen,, 'and as it was unusual for so few 
to compose a band George suspected 
there were more elsewhere. 

A few minutes later the truth of this 
conjecture was realized, for he saw three 
men, whom he had not seen before, stride 
up to the fire, the one being led by the 
other two. 

" He says he's got no money, an' has 
nary chance of ever gettin'any, so I guess 
we'll have to turn him over to the au- 
thorities." 

This was said by one of those who had 
hold of the arm of the third man, who 
was evidently a prisoner and it cau.sed 
George to look more attentively at the 
latter. 

What was his surprise and regret to 
recognize the officer with whom he had 
ridden from the stone house on the night 
he overheard tJie conversation between 
the rebel cai)tain and the littk fat man. 

The guerrillas had evidently waylaid 
him while unaccompanied by au escort, 
and captured him for the purpose of ex- 
torting from him a ransom for his release. 

What had led the robbers to believe 
the officer to be a wealthy man he had 



not an idea., but he did not doubt that 
such au occurrence must have put Ins 
f rienr'-into a most unenviable frame of 
mind. His attention was aj^^ain drawn to 
the lire by theguerrillachief endeavoring 
to draw the officer out in regard to his 
private financial affairs. 

" You needn't try to make me believe 
that j'ou iiaven't no money, now liank," 
he said, decidedly, "'cause I know a great 
sight better." 

-"Well, tiien, don't believe it," replied 
George's friend, shortly. 

" Siio, now,'' replied the chief, coolly. 
"You needn't git your back up, 'cause it 
won't be no arthlv use to you or harm to 
us." 

The Union officer's only answer was a 
disdainful smile. 

"• You'd better own up like a man, 
major," went on the guerrilla chief, re- 
flectively, "'cause we mean all we say an' 
we don't let anybody livin' or dead pull 
the wool o' deceit over our eyes." 

He looked up to see what effect this 
elaborate speech had upon his prisoner, 
and then continued. 

" 1 know all about a hull railroad that 
you own, all by your lone, up North, 
that's ten mile long, lettiu' alone all the 
gold mines and other things of that kid- 
ney that is yours out West. Ha! now 
your beginnin' to wilt,"' he added, tri- 
umphantly, as he saw the major's eyes 
open wider and wider as he went on. 
" Mebbe you thought I didn't know what 
I was talking about, but you'll find after 
a while that your Yankee country don't 
hold all the brains of this land, by no 
.manner of means." 

As the major's expression continued 
one of rapt amazement he asked: 

" What do you think o' my findin' you 
out, major?" 

This question seemed to bring' the lat- 
ter to his senses, and he burst into a peal 
of laughter, which was so violent that it 
threatened to overset him on theground. 

It was the guerrilla's chief turn to look 
askau'ce now, and at length he said: 

" I'm glad that my words have put you 
into a better humor than you were be- 
fore." 

By this time the major had in a meas- 
ure recovered" himself, and he answered 
soberly: 

" My dear sir, I am very much obliged 
to you for telling me how much I am 
worth. Really, I never knew anything 
about my railroads and gold mines until 
J'OU had the kindness to «"ell me of them." 

"Don't try to bluff me, major," said 
the chief, his wrath beginning to rise; 
"remember, I don't allow no wool on my 
eyes." 
. "Well, all I can say is that the fellow 



LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



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who told you about my immense prop- 
erty laid the wool ou your eyes, as you 
call it, about as neatly as I've heard of 
lor a long time, and it is there yet. You 
mis:ht as well know first as last that i 
have nothing but my salary as a major 
in the army of the United States, and if 
you can find any gold mines or railroads 
in the North that belong to me you are 
welcome to them as a gift. You have 
been badly taken in. my friend, and as for 
a ransom you may sink me into the mire 
of Libby Prison before you can get any 
out of me. Thafs how the matter stands, 
and you'll have to make your decision on 
ittromtluit point.'* 

Nothing could exceed the rage of the 
baffled guerrilla chief upon hearing these 
words. He jumped from the ground and 
knocked his heels together, yelling and 
shouting like a maniac. His men, to 
wliom he was evidently unpleasant when 
aroused, watched his movements care- 
fully lest he should suddenly vent his 
rage on them. 

" Whoop, whoop!" yelled the chief for 
the twentieth time and making another 
circuit of the fire, then stopping suddenly 
before the major, who was eying him 
coolly, he roared out: 

"Wasn't you onct in Colorady?" 

The major nodded. 

"Yes, I was in Colorado the year before 
the war began." 

"Didn't you list say a minit ago tha,t 
you never was? demanded the other. 

•' 1 can't say that I said that. What I 
did say was that I owned no silver and 
gold mines, whether in Colorado or any 
place else," replied the major. 

The guerrilla seemed conipletely non- 
plussed, and he stared blankly at the fire 
without speaking. At length he said: 

"What was you doin' in Coloradj' if 
you wasn't bun tin' gold in the mines?" 

" When I was in Colorado," replied the 
major, with a smile, "I went attached to 
the army of the West as a lieutenant. 
Don't you think a man can travel through 
a gold country without getting some 
of it?' 

" You've told me a bold string o' lies, 
major," said the guerrilla, again resum- 
ing his bantering tone, " but don't think 
you've fooled me outer money. I don't 
care where you get it — you ken steal it if 
you want to; only remember that 1 must 
have it before you go loose. Here, you," 
he continued, waving his hand to two of 
Lis men, "take him away an' tie him 
fast, ler he's good iu spite of his talk." 

The man who accompanied the chief 
a,nd the inajor to the fire now approached 
with a companion to carry out his orders, 
and George looked for them to take the 
major out of the camp. 



His practiced eye soon saw how much 
easier an undertaking it would be for 
him to rescue the major away from the 
camp than right in the midst of it, and 
iie eagerly awaited the moment when he 
could proceed to t/ie spot where his 
friend was to be placed. 

That it would be some secluded and 
well-iddden place his experience in guer- 
rilla practices assured hiiu. 

This rosy view of the matter soon fade^ 
away, and he was deeply chagrined and 
disappointed to see the major led to a 
tree within a few feet of the fire and se- 
curely tied luind and foot to it. 

"Now here's a pretty pass," muttered 
George to himself, in clisgust. " I'll have 
to wait hours before I can do anything 
for him, if I can even then, and if I don't 
let them kiiow why I don't return my 
men will come jDver here and spoil thq 
whole thing." 

As the major was placed almost in the 
midst of the guerrillas he saw that it 
would be almost impossible to do any- 
thing to benefit hiiii for some time to 
come, therefore he resolved to return to 
the spot where he had parted from his 
companions, to give them some instruc- 
tions. 

Turning away to put this plan into 
execution his footsteps were arrested at 
hearing the captain of the guerrillas 
speak again. 

"l"m goin' to sleep," he said, "an' if 
yer sure the Y'^ank won't give you the slip 
you can do the same; but woe unto you 
if he 'scapes." 

Then he lay down on a light blanket, 
and in a'few moments his resonant snores 
proela{u;ed that he was wrapped in slum- 
ber. 

George waited no longer, but stole si- 
lently away and in a short time reached 
his companions, wiio, as he had pre- 
dicted, had begun to get alarmed at his 
prolonged absence. 

A new dileunua presented itself to him 
in regard to tliese men; he did not know 
whether to keep them near by or send 
them to camp. 

In certain contingencies their presence 
might be invaluable, and then again in 
case he was discovered and pursued they 
would only be in his way. 

As he considered it improbable that he 
would get the major out of the hands of 
the guerrillas without arousing them he 
concluded to get them out of the way 
witliout delay. 

This done, and giving them directions 
whereby they could scarcely mistake 
their w'ay, he hastily returned to the 
camp, where he found afiairs iu much 
the same state as when he had left it. 

The major was standing fast-bound 



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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



against the tree, while the snoring guer- 
rilla chief lay on the ground close by. 

The other thirteen who composed the 
remainder of the party were lounged care 
lessly about as if only awaiting the hour 
for turning in. 

After waiting impatiently for an hour 
George begun to hope that the time had 
come for action. 

The rebels one after the other spread 
their blankets and dropped off to sleep 
till only two remained awake. 

These sat for some time longer, and at 
length one said something to the other, 
who got up and looked the at major. 

"I guess yer safe, Yank," George heard 
him saj', "an'' we can sleep like the rest. 
If you bust them cords and git away this 
night you ain't 'uman." 

The major looked disdainfully after 
him as he returned to his seat by the 
fire, but wisely made no reply. 

At length the two guerrillas, evidently 
feeling that it was an utter impossibility 
for their prisoner to escape, also lay 
down, and in a few minutes were in as 
deep a sleep as the others. 

George now made a careful cii'cuit of 
the fire, to assure himself that all were 
asleep, before venturing to make his 
presence known to his friend. 

As he approached the latter he saw 
that he was tied with light rope, and for 
the first time our hero realized that he 
had nothing with which to cut it. 

Nevertheless, he stepped boldly into 
view directly before the major, about 
fifteen feet from him. 

To say that the latter was surprised 
were but to feebly express his feelings. 

Even his tight fastenings did not pre- 
vent him giving a prodigious start, and 
he hardly stifled an ejaculation that rose 
involuntarily to his lips. 

George quickly laid his fingers on his 
lips and moved noiselessly forward and 
examined the cords. 

What was he to do? Clearly he did 
not have time to undertake the laborious 
task of untying them with his fingers. 

Even if he had tried he would have 
found it iiupossible. 

The person who had made the knots 
understood his business perfectly, and 
George saw at once that the only way to 
sever the cord was to cut or burn it. 

He looked around irresolute for an in- 
stant, and was startled to see the guer- 
rilla turn over in his sleep and mutter 
something which he did not catch. 

This sudden move on the part of the 
chief disclosed to view a long bowie-knife 
which he wore in a' belt around his waist 
and George, with diflBculty, suppressed 
the exclamation of joy that rose to his 
lips at seeing it. 



Here he thought was a chance to get 
out of the predicament into which he 
had gotten, and of which his having no 
knife had been the cause. 

If he could only get that knife from 
the chief without waking him he would 
not need to remain long in that neighbor- 
hood. 

The major seemed to share his thoughts 
though he said nothing for fear of awak- 
ing his slumbering captors. 

George hastened to the side of the chief 
in order to take advantage of his favor- 
able position. 

If he turned over again the knife would 
be under his body and consequently al- 
most impossible to be reached with any 
degree of safety. 

As George knelt at his side he discovered 
that the bowie was within a leather band 
strapped lightly about the chiefs body. 

It was placed in such a position that it 
could not easily be moved or disturbed 
without the person wearing it, being 
aware of the movement. 

Laying his hands upon it with great 
care George pulled at it gently, but it did 
not move. Then he tried to push it the 
other way and it yielded slightly to his 
touch but as it did so the chief groaned 
as if he thought it directed against him. 

The cold perspiration started out all 
over George at his repeated failarew, and 
for an instant he eontemplateel liie wild 
project of seizing his enemy by the 
throat and forcibly taking the weapon, 
but his better judgment prevailed and 
he renewed his efforts on the same plan 
as before. 

As he returned to the task he discovered 
that by turning the handle of the knife 
to one side it lightened much of the 
pressure of the belt on it, and that he 
would if patient be able to withdraw it 
altogether if he proceeded in that 
manner. 

It may be imagined that the major 
watched the proceedings with the greatest 
interest, which was succeeded by im- 
patience as the seconds slipped b)' and 
the task was still unfinished. 

At length, with a sigh of relief, he saw 
George rise from the side of the sleeping 
guerrilla, brandishing the bowie over his 
head in triumph. 

In another moment the major felt the 
cold steel against his wrists, and he 
stepped awaj' from the tree just as he 
heard an ejaculation from the fire which 
caused him to turn like a flash. 

The guerrilla chief was propped up on 
one elbow looking at the two friends in 
stupid astonishment. 

Notwithstanding the great care which 
George used, the rebel had been aroused 
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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



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his body, just in time to see his cherished 
prisoner about to walk out of the camp 
in company with a person whom the 
chief had no recollection of ever having 
seen before. 

However, he was not given much time 
for scrutiny, for as soon as they saw they 
were discovered, George and the major 
sprung into the woods, intent upon plac- 
ing as much space between them and 
their enemies as possible. 

This move brought the chief to his 
sejises quicker than anj thing else could 
have done, and lie sprung to his feet, dis- 
charging liis revolver after them at the 
same time. 

The sleepers were instantly roused bv 
his terrific yells, and all sprung up de- 
mamling what the noise was about. 

The chief, shouting to three or four of 
his men to follow, sprung into the woods 
close upon the lieels of the fugitives. 

Suddenly he stopped short and shouted 
back in a voice of tUunder: 

'■ Bring the dog, one of you, quick!"' 

George and the major, who were rap- 
idly leaving their pursuers behind, felt 
their blood run cold at this order, for 
the}' knew that however easily they 
might elude the rebels there was no such 
thing as throwing a bloodhound off of 
their trail. 

"Hurry up, major." said George, ex- 
citedly, looking over his shoulder to see 
how liis companion was standingthe run; 
" he means a bloodhound, sure. These 
fellows in tliis country don't use any 
other brute for this kind of business."' 

'•I know it," replied the major. "I 
have been raced before by them, but I 
always had something "to fight witli. 
AVe"d better make for some open spot 
where we can see him wlien he comes,' 
and be able to meet him on even ground." 

" I'm glad I had sense enough to cling 
to the knife I had such a hard time to 
get in the first place," said George. 

" Have you got the big bowie?"' asked 
the major, joyfully. "If I only liad a 
club now we would be fixed." 

By this time they had reached the 
marshy ground, and both plunged into 
the water and slime regardless of the dis- 
comfort it occasioned them, hoping 
against hope that the hound would be 
unable to keep the scent after reaehingit. 

That they were perfectly safe from the 
guerrillas both knew well, as the night 
was so dark that it would have been next 
to impossible to follow them upon open 
ground, and they had lost sight not only 
of their pursuers but of the fire also. 

They liad nearly reached the opposite 
side of the swamp when they heard a 
noise as of feet plashing through the 
muddy ground behind them. 



The major had scarcely time to cry out, 
"Look out! the hound!"' when a tre- 
mendous brute appeared a few feet away 
coming rapidly toward them. 

George, who had carried the knife in 
his hand during the flight so as to be 
ready for any emergency, grasped it more 
tightly as tiie animal, with a deep growl, 
gathered himself for a spring. 

" Stand out of the way," cried George, 
seeing the major about to advance upon 
it, though entirely defenceless. 

" If I only had "a club or something," 
said the major, through his teeth, as he 
stepped back. "There the brute goes, 
and may the Lord have mercy on us if 
that knife does not do its work surely."' 

George, however, was ready, and when 
the brute sprung he stepped to one side 
and plunged the blade up to the haft into 
its side. 

With a gurgling growl it sunk to the 
ground and died in a few minutes. 

Our two friends looked at it for a mo- 
ment before moving. 

"It alwa\s makes me feel bad to do 
anythinglike that," said George. " What 
a fine dog it was. It was a great pitv to 
kill him." 

"Weil," said the more matter-of-fact 
major, " it was either him or us this time, 
and so it couldn't be helped." 

They proceeded more leisurely, now 
that their chief cause of alarm had been 
taken away, and it was an hour before 
they parted. 

The major again urgently pressed 
George to return with him, but the latter 
explained why it was necessary for him 
to return to the coloneFs at once. 

The genial major, however, made him 
promise to pay him a visit as soon as he 
could get leave. 



CHAPTER IX. 

THE OLD STONE HOUSE AGAIIf. 

The next day George reported to the 
colonel what had happened in the inter- 
val the events of which have just been 
described. 

The colonel listened attentivel}', drop- 
ping here and there a word of advice, 
and saying, after George had finished, 
that those who had been worsted in the 
skirmish came back to camp thoroughly 
frightened and reported all but them- 
selves killed. 

The colonel said nothing of it to George 
but he was greatly relieved to learn from 
Mike and his companion, who reached 
the camp sometime before George, that 
his trusted scout w-as not only not killed, 
but escaped himself and assisted them to 
do the same, and was already engaged 



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LIEUTENANT GEORiiE. 



in another enterprise for the I'elief of one 
of liis brother officers. 

During their conversation the colonel 
referred to the celebrHted scout whom 
he had just given George orders to ap- 
prehend, and said that notwithstand- 
ing the delay, he still meant to prosecute 
the search vigorously. 

The special work which he had been 
having would be linislied in a few days, 
and tlien the rebel spy was to receive 
attention. 

George again showed him the little 
note for the possession of which he had 
fought such a bloody battle with the 
bummers of the Knoxville tavern a short 
time before, and the colonel, after read- 
ing it carefully, said he would make ar- 
rangements to have some one present at 
the rebel conference. 

Upon the termination of their inter- 
view the colonel advised our iiero to take 
a rest, saying that he would not need 
him for a day or two, and he \^as at 
liberty to do what he pleased in the 
meantime. 

George decided to avail himself of this 
privilege and go to the house of Dr. 
Adams and see whether it had again 
been attacked by the rebels, and also he 
wished to thank Miss Adams for render- 
ing such timely aid the night before. 

But for her he might now have been 
in a Confederate prison, and while riding 
along this thought led him to the rebel 
captain with whom he had waged such a 
fierce sword-fight on the day before. 

Had he ever found the paper which he 

hunting so diligently, and was it the 

paper which the fat man had placed in 

the craclc of the desk at the old stone 

- house? 

He was right near the gloomy forest In 
which the house stood, and he resolved 
for once to give way to his curiosity and 
see whether the fat niyn iuid been toiled 
in his ed'orts to prevent the document 
falling into the liands of the rebel cat)- 
tain. 

It had struck George, when he saw the 
man secrete tlie paper in the desk, that 
he only meant to let it i-emain there 
until he could return alone tt) the house 
and get it without fear of discovery. 

When lie reached the cross-roads where 
the road branched off to the house he 
found that he would have to postpone 
his visit until some other time, as it was 
already afternoon and he had twenty 
miles to ride before he coald get to camp 
again. 

So he passed on, and something over an 
hour later he reached the old doctor's 
house which, greatly his relief, he found 
had not been disturbed since his troop 
had ari veil off the rebels. 



The old people were profuse in theii* 
expressions of gratitude for the service 
rendered thenj on that occasion, and the 
doctor, who was an old warrior himself, 
interested George greatly by telling him 
some of his experiences whetj he served in 
the Mexican War. 

"it was a sad day for the country," 
continued the old man, as he spoke of 
events year by year until 1861 was 
reached, "when the country started to * 
fight itself. These men down here," wav- ■ 
ing his hand to tlie South, " will main- 
tain the struggle till there are neither 
men nor means to fight with." II 

"There is one thing that we all will J' 
learn before it is done," replied George. 
" Tliat is that the woids of old Andrew 
Jackson, ' the Union must be preserved,' 
will be the basis of the conditions of 
peace and the battle-cry of the loyal for 
all time to come." 

Tlie old man was greatly pleased with 
George's principles, and after consider- 
able more war-talk, he was obliged from 
fatigue to retire to his room, after ex- 
tending a cordial invitation to George to 
call upon him frequently. 

After seeing her father safely to his 
room. Miss Adams returned and George 
thanked her for being instrumental in 
accomplishing his escape, and asked 
liow she learned that he was a prisoner. 

"You needn't thank me, lieutenant," 
she replied, and tlien, looking up at him 
arciily, repeatetl his words of the day 
before, " I w^ould have done the same for 
any one else, you know." 

George's only answer was a smile, and 
he repeated the question as to how she 
discovered that he was a prisoner. 

"Oh," said she, " you weren't very far 
from here, you know, when Citptain 
Blacli's company attacked you, and I. 
knowing that he had so mucli the larger 
force, rode out after you and saw tiie 
whole fight from the woods a little dis- 
tance from you." 

"When you '"and the captain begun 
trying to kill each other I knew the fight 
was nearly over, so I remained to see what 
became of you." 

"Your men ran away as soon as you 
were thrown down, and then the rebels 
busied themselves in doctoring their 
wounded and in securing you and two 
others of your band. Then they went to 
the camp, and I waited to see what they 
were going to do with you. It was al- 
most evening before I found out any- 
thing; then, as I was riding slovvly along 
out of sight of your captors' camp, I saw 
a body of Union cavalry riding along. 
As soon as they saw me tliey started to- 
ward lue. probably to find out who and 
what I was. After putting them on the 



LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



23 



ri^lit track, I found time ttlet you know 
what I was trying to Uo, then 1 rodeiiglit 
into the midst of iheni and !<eared them 
pretty badly. W'lieu they recovered their 
couraye they foun<.l you \vei'e.^one." 

Wlien she liad fini^iied, George told 
her wliat liad liappened to hiiu just afrer 
inakiiig l)is escape, and she was greatly 
interested in the story of the major's 
rescue and their battle with the blood- 
hound. 

In all his conversations with Miss 
Adams, George liad noticed a sensible- 
ness and a keenness in her speecti that 
charmed him greath-, and he thought to 
himself that he had never known any 
girl who had such a clear brain, and who 
was so thoroughly devoid of alTectation. 

When he rode out of the avenue gate 
the sun was just setting, and he thought 
to himself that another night-ride was in 
store for him. 

His way led him directly along the 
road where the light had taken place the 
day before, and when he reached the 
spot an undefinable feeling of sadne|^ 
came over him. 

The ground was trampled and beaten 
down, in great contrast with the rough 
rutty road above and below where tlie 
skirmish had taken place. 

Dark stains in the ground and on 
broken pieces of wood from the worm- 
fence betokened the battle to liave been 
far from bloodless, and here and there on 
one side of the road a mound of fresh 
earth told that on this occasion, at least, 
the rebels had buried not only their own 
but their enemy's dead. 

The sight of the place filled George 
with gloomy thoughts that he could not 
shake off, so he gave his horse the rein 
and pushed rapidly forward through the 
dark forest of which something has al- 
ready been said. 

Going on thus, occupied with his own 
thoughts, a light appeared to him shin- 
ing brightly through the trees. 

He pulled up his hoivse abruptlj'. 

" Well," he ejaculated in astonishment, 
" if that isn't the old stone house — the 
same that I was going to this afternoon." 

HeTesolved to pay his postponed visit 
to it at once, and riding to the cross-road 
he sprung down from the horse and 
"walked quickly up the broad avenue. 

The light was in the same I'oom as 
when he wa,s there before, and when he 
looked in the window he found the room 
occupied by the same persons also. 

There was a manifest diflerence, how- 
ever, in their relative positions; the other 
time he saw them, both were seated at 
the desk; this time the caiitain stood in 
the middle of the room, while the little 
fat man stood cowering against the wall. 



The (taptain was pointing a revolver 
directly at liis heart, and as George came 
to the window lie heard the ca(>tain say: 

" 1 know, Gryle, tiiat you are one of 
the njost expert of tiiieve.s and liars to ]>e 
found in the country, but I must have 
tht} truth or you never go out of this 
place alive. Waste no time, now." 

Gryle preserved tlie same sinister ex- 
pression of countenance that George had 
seeti on the former occa*;ion, only now 
his face was distorted by fear which he 
could not conceal. 

It seemed lo George that much as he 
loved lite and feared the captain, the in- 
formation the latter sought was only to 
be wrung from him at iii.s last extremity. 

■'Captain,", he began, "you are urk- 
oned a man of honor, and 1 have already 
sworn that I cannot help you in your 
hunt, yet you will iifjt believe me; but 
tell me whether you think it lionorabie 
to kill a defenceless pei-son like me." 

"Honor you say," replied the c^iptain, 
in a tone of biting. contempt. " You can 
say the word but do not know its mean- 
ing. 1 were a fool indeed to pud any 
more confidence in your honor. As to 
your being defenceless, take up a sword 
and defend yourself if you can," and he 
put up his re-volver and drew his blade. 

"Hadn't you better look under the 
desk; the paper may be about it some- 
wliere," replied Giyle, to whom next to 
being killed outright a personal ren- 
contre was the most undesirable thing. 

"Where shall 1 look?'' demanded the 
captain, darting a piercing glance upon 
him. "• You wouldn't say that if you liad 
not some motive. Are you going to tjive 
in at last and tell me what I seek tx) know? 
I have been one of your best Iriends, and 
1 can be yet a terror or a benefactor to 
you if you will become honest with me 
once more." 

'• I'll help you," replied Gryle. making 
no reply to the olTers of the other^ and 
advancing to the desk. 

He stationed himself at the end nearest 
the window, and a.skeil tlie captain to 
lift the other end aside, Gryle himself 
lifting his end at the same time. 

There were several papers of different 
kinds on the floor, and both stooped and 
picked part of them up. 

They quickly glanced through them, 
anil the black brow of the captain pro- 
claimed he had not found what iie sought. 

"Ditl you look in that lower drawer?'' 
querietl Gryle, pointing to a small drawer 
behind tlie desk. 

AS the captain stooped to open the 
drawer, the fat man, by some means, 
contrived to extract the paper which he 
had concealed before in the crack ot the 
desk, and slipped it into a breast-pocket, 



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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



jast as the rebel captain raised himself 
froiu the floor. 

The latter barely caught sight of the 
bit of white paper exposed to his sight, 
when he coiuprehended fully the motives 
which had induced Gryle to have the 
desk examined, and springing forward he 
pulled his revolver and fired. 

Gryle, the instant he found himself de- 
tected, sprung to one side, tliereby es- 
caping narrowly the bullet from the re- 
volver of the furious captain, and turn- 
ing, with one bound he cleared the win- 
dow, which his sagacity had induced him 
to leave open, and springing on his horse, 
which was only a few feet from the room, 
he tore down the avenue, closely pur- 
sued by the victim of his deceit. 

The two figures, as they passed through 
the window, almost brushed against 
George, who had no intimation of the 
sudden flight of Gryle until he passed 
through the window like a bird on the 
wing, with the captai© close upon his 
heels. 

The light was left burning in the room, 
neither in their haste having had time to 
extinguish it. 

The position of Gryle as he stood at 
the desk had prevented George from see- 
ing his act of abstracting the paper, con- 
sequently he clambered into the room 
and went directly to the place where he 
had seen the paper put. 

A few seconds' examination showed him 
that it was gone. 

" I understand it all now," he said to 
himself, as he left the house and walked 
slowly down the avenue. 

When he reached the place where he 
ha(i left his horse he heard the sound of 
voices a little distance ahead, and creep- 
ing forward he soon discovered the cap- 
tain kneeling upon the breast of Gryle 
and going tli rough his pockets. 

At length he pulled forth a long white 
paper,'and striking a match examined it 
closely. 

A cry of satisfaction finally escaped 
him. and he rose from the person of 
Gryle, saying: 

" If I should do as I ought I would 
right here put it out of your power to 
conspire against any other person for the 
sake of a few dollars, but 1 have found 
out what a miserable creature you are, 
so I will let you go with the admonition 
never to cross my path again. Had you 
your own way you would have ruined me 
who never did otherwise than treat you 
kindly. Enough of that, however; before 
you go you must make a few confessions. 
First, is not that property and house 
where we were a few minutes ago truly 
and legally mine?" 

The answer was a short sullen, " Yes." 



"Now go," and the oaptain, when the 
other mounted, hit the horse a sharp cut 
with his wliip that sent the animal down 
tlie road at tlie top of its speed. 

After watching it a moment, he turned 
and walked slowly back to the house. 

So these characters pass out of our his- 
tory. 



CHAPTER X. 

IN CANEBRAKE SWAMP. 

The next time we see our hero it is ten 
dnys later, and he is in the headquarters 
talking earnestly with the colonel. 

He has just returned from a long scout, 
extending over a space of nine days, and 
he is making his report. 

His search led him into the mazes and 
intricacies of Canenrake Swamp, and 
what with losing himself and consuming 
all his rations in the first five days his 
experiences there were by no means 
pleasant. 

However, he had accomplished what 
he went for, and there was a world of 
cheering thought in that fact. 

The colonel, as he had promised, had, 
as soon as he finished other work assigned 
him, devoted his entire energies toward 
learning the haunts and habits of the 
celebrated scout whom he had received 
orders some time before to apprehend 
dead or alive. 

Witli only the little slip of a note to go 
by, George had literally scoured Cane- 
brake Swamp in search of the meeting- 
place spoken of by Graycoat in his com- 
munication to the men with whom George 
was compelled to fight to obtain posses- 
sion of it. 

It was natural to suppose that but few 
structures inhabitable were to be found 
in such an undesirable locality, and, in- 
deed, George tramped about for days be- 
fore he found what in some way resem- 
bled a shanty. 

This was on a plot of ground entirely 
surrounded by water, and the ground 
was so thickly grown with trees and 
bushes that George wou.'d have passed it 
by had he not accidentally stumbled on 
a concealed path. 

Following this, he came upon an open 
space not more tiian fifteen feet square, 
in the middle of which stood a small box- 
like structure built of roughly-hewn 
boards. 

After cautiously beating about it for 
about half an hour, George was assured 
that nobody was within, so he entered 
the little cabin to make an inventory. 

A rude shake-down and a couple of 
clumsily-«onstrueted stools were all the 
one room of the little shanty containedi 



LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



35 



the only evidence that its occupant cared 
for coiut'urt was tiiat tiie floor was pleiiri- 
fully sirtiwri with dry cane, and even tin's 
hardly prevented tlie water from oozinj^ 
up tiC(^asionally. 

After leavino: here, Geor^re trampeii 
many miles without alifxhtiii!^ on any 
other human abode, and it was the next 
day that he was compelled to adnut that 
he was completely lost. Still, lie kept 
on, once in a while passing; a hut made 
of muil and branches, used probably long 
since hy some duck-hunter. 

This, with a few others of like charac- 
ter, and the httle island shanty, were 
the only things of the kind for which he 
was lr>()king that he came across, and he 
was sure that he had not missed an acre 
of the entire swamp. 

He arrived at the camp two days before 
the time set in Graycoat's note for the 
jneeting, and after reporting the result of 
his expedition to the colonel he retiied 
and slept soundly till the next njorning. 

The next day was spent in perfecting 
the phins for the expedition that the 
colonel determined to make, and by the 
time the ujorning of the eighteenth 
dav ned, everything was ready. 

The swamp was about twenty-five 
miles awayui a sort of basin or pocket 
formed in the Cumberland Mountains. 

The rains coming down the steep sides 
and having tio outlet caused the ground 
to be marshy, and the growth of ferns 
and cane gave it the name of Canebrake 
Swiimp. 

It was at the outskirts of the swamp 
that liie (iolonel'scasalcade halted, about 
nine oVlock in the evening, having made 
nearly the wljole distance under cover of 
darkness in order to keep out of the 
sight of the rebel scout's many emis- 
saries. 

The party was composed of twelve 
men, the colonel, George, and ten others, 
it being>.deemed both inexpedient and 
unnecessary to take a larger number. 

When the halt was made, George and 
the colonel held a whispered consulta- 
tion which lasted some minutes, and at 
length resulted in the order to proceed 
the rest of the distance on foot, leaving 
the horses in charge of one of the 
trooiiprs. 

Ai er enjoining the strictest silence 
jpoii their followers, the colonel ami 
George plunged into the mai-sh, making 
directly for the little shanty where they 
hoped to lie rewarded by a sight of the 
renowned scout. 

For an hour the troopsplashed steadily 
on withoiir. a word being spt. ken, and yet 
on all sides stood the tall, stiff grass, a'nd 
beneath their feet theground. if possible, 
was more sticky and soggy than ever. 



Sometime later they were brought to 
an abrupt halt, the wet, muddy ground 
had ceased altogether, and water took its 
placo. 

The darkness was so dense that they 
could not see liow far the water ex- 
tended, but the outlines of a lew tall 
trees could be dindy discerned against 
the sky. 

'• I think I had better move ahead 
ahme, sir," whispered George to the 
cohjnel. " I know tliis is the place, but 
I think we ought to know whether there 
is any risk in ijroing over. The place 
might be full of njen for uU we know." 

The colonel assented to this, and in 
a few seconds George had left them and 
was wading toward the little island. 

When he drew himself into the thick 
unilergrowth that lined the bank, he 
felt around to learn if the twigs would 
crackle under his feet and thus betray 
his presence to the ei.emy hi case there 
were anj' about. 

They were so limp with dampness and 
water that he found that he might walk 
boldly ahead without fear of detection 
from that cause. 

Making his way carefully along became 
almost before he was aware of it to the 
edge of the little open space in wnich 
stood the isolated cabin. 

'"Ha!" he exclaimed to himself with a 
thrill of exultation, as he saw a light 
sinning througn a chink in one of the 
walls. " there is somebody there, any- 
way," and moving forward ne looked 
through tile crack and took a hasty sur- 
vey of the interior. 

He drew loack with a start of surprise 
at what he saw, and then looked agani. 

The room contained four men, and one 
was the very man whom George thought 
he had shot dead in the Knoxville 
tavern. 

Here was a mystery; he distinctly re- 
membered seeing the man sink to the 
floor with a deep groan, as it he had 
received a mortal wound, and here he 
was looking as hale as though he had 
never fiad a liotiily injui'v 

'•He must have had something on his 
breast that stopped tnat bullet," said 
George, to himself. "•The shock that i 
thought killed liim oidy knocked him 
senseless. At least that is the only way 
I can explain it." 

With this remark he turned his atten ~ 
tion to the oi hers. 

They were utter St raiiiirers to him and 
he was sure that liiey were not anionu 
his antagonists in me tavern figiit. 
tnough they were uien of the same 
stripe. 

All four were smoking- leisurely, .-iiid 
George could not tell from their manner 



26 



LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



whether they Avere expecting? another 
person or whether they had already seen 
iiim and were only waiting till sleep 
overpowered them. 

George waited a few moments in the 
hope ot heai-irsg something wliich would 
throw some light on the purpose of the 
ininares of the cabin, but bein^ disap- 
pointed in this he cautiously retraced his 
steps and rejoined his comrades on the 
other side of the water. 

TFie eoronel was niuch disappointed 
upon learning that tlie scout was not in 
the cabin, but George totci him it was 
still early aiid that if he did not put in 
an a[)pearance soon it would be a good 
idea to find out what the men knew 
about him. 

Trie colonel was about to make a reply 
to this, when sounds near by I'iveted 
the attention of all. 

Somebody was coming tow-ard them, 
and from the distinctnes.s with which 
each foot-fall was heard it was evident 
the i)erson took no pains to conceal his 
presence. 

The troopers were hastily ordered to 
take to shelter, and by the time the new- 
comer passed there was not one of them 
in sight. «• 

The stranger paused upon the bank 
an iiistant as if reluctiint to make the 
passage knee deep in the wat.er, but ids 
liesftation was only momentary, and he 
sreppe(t in and soon disappeared ii^ the 
trees on the other side. 

He had hardly gotten well out of sight 
before George also wailed across and fol- 
lowed him Xo the cabin. 

Wiien a few moments later our hero 
got a view of the interior of the cabin, 
the languid air had disa})peared and ani- 
mation had taken its place. 

The four figures who had been lounging 
lazily about were now clustered eagerly 
about the person who had just entered. 

He was a short, thick set, unprepos- 
sessing-looking man. His face was cov- 
ered with a thick beard and the gloomy 
expression which he habitually 'main- 
tained gave him a decidedly fierce look. 

'"I thought he was to come with you," 
were the first words George heard as he 
reachetl the wall of the cabin. 

"You know more about it than T do, 
then.'' was the non-comnjittal reply. 

■; I gVi ess' he's too nmch afraid o'gettin' 
his feet muddy; it's uncoumion wet this 
time." said another. 

•' Do vou think he'll come at all?" asked 
a thinl.' 

•• I came here to see him, an' if he don't 
come it's his own lookout. That's all 
1 know 'bout it," replied the new-comer, 
shortly, as if he preferred to remain un- 
questioned. 



His companions seemed to take the 
hint, for they relapsed into silence whicii 
lasted so long that George begun to grow 
impatient. 

" 1 think we had better push matters." 
he said to himself, as he turned silently 
away. 

A few minutes later, himself vmd the 
colonel, with three picked men, sur- 
rounded the cabin and were about to 
call for its surrender, when a piece of 
good fortune befell them. 

The door opened, and one of the men 
walked to wliere George and the colonel 
were standing. 

A moment later a revolver was thrust 
into his face and a hand grasped his 
throat, choking back the cry of fright 
and astonishment that rose to, his lips. 

George, who had managed this bit of 
by-play, quickly called off the men and 
they once more crossed the strip of water 
that separated the little island from the 
rest of the swamp. 






CHAPTER XI. 

GRATCOAT'S HOME. 

The captured rebel was one of those 
whom GeoKge did not recognize, and con- 
sequently was unable to judge how much 
he knew about the famous scout. 

The colonel was anxious to question 
the fellow, and to do it without inter- 
ruinion they drew ofT a little distance 
from the cabin. 

"What are you men doing in thiit 
little cabin?" was the colonel's first ques- 
tion. 

"That's whar we sleep at nights," wa:^ 
the answer. 

" Wiio are those other men that were 
with you in the shanty?" 

"They are pals o' mine," was the 
answer. 

" When is the other man coming; the 
one you are waiting on?'' 

"Don't know nothin' about nary other 
man." 

"None of your fooling, now," said the 
colonel, sternly. "I know all about hiuK 
Tou came here to meet him, and so did 1 ?"' 

"What d'ye want o' him?" asked tiie 
rebel, in amazement. 

" No matter," answered the colonel. 
'•Reply to the question I asked you. 
When is be coming, or isn't he coming at 
all?" 

"He ain't eomin' at all," replied the 
rebel. 

"Very well, then; you shall take us to 
where he is," said the colonel, decidedly. 
"Lif utenant." he said, turning to Georgt", 
"this man will lead us to ttie place ww 
want to go." 



LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



27 



"Yes, ri«rht to General Lonpfstreet's 
tent, if you s.iy so. 'cause tliafs wliar 
you'll find liini," said tlie rebel. 

Tlie colonel tiuddt.iily whirled upon him 
and .stuck a pistid umier Ids cddii, sayiii{^ 
iu a deteriidiied tone at tlie same time: 

"If you don't want your brains blown 
out you will wait until you are spoketi to 
bef<jre you bejifin to talk." 

The rebel seemed amazed beyond meas- 
ure at this summarv meflioil the colonel 
had of deaiinjj: with him, and he kept 
perfectly (piiet till spoken to ti{;ain. 

At lenjj^th the colonel turned to him 
and said: 

" How far away is that man I was talk- 
ing? to yon about?" 

"I dont know nothin' 'bont him, I tole 
you onct," was the surly reph\ 

" See liere," said the colonel, sharply, 
advancing; toward him. "I captured 
you as a spy. and the ri^ht thinj; for me 
to do would be to hang you to the nearest 
tree, but I have other use for you, and 
you can save yourself from the jjallows if 
you want to, but you'll have to make up 
your mind pretty quick. Are you goin^ 
to lead us to that man's abode or not. 
If you do your life will be saved, if not it 
won't." 

There are few who will not quail at the 
thought of a death on the gallows, and 
this poor wretch, who had already 
rushed unawed up to the mouth of roar- 
ing cannon, was no exception to the rule. 

The colonel did not certaiidy know 
that this man, or any of those within the 
cabin, knew where Graycoat was, but he 
thought it well to pretend that he was 
fulh^ posted. 

The rebel, however, made one more at- 
tempt to evade the issue. 

"The other fellers ken tell j'ou more 
'an 1 ken if you try 'em," he said. 

This seemed to strike the colonel favor- 
ably, and he called George aside and 
spoke earnestly with him for some min- 
utes. 

They finally concluded to make an at- 
tempt to ca jit u re the entire band that 
was in the cabin, while the rebel alread3' 
a prisoner conducted a part of the force 
to Graycoat's abode, provided he could 
be prevailed upon to let out the secret. 

Mike, one of the troopers who was cap- 
tured alongside George in the skirmish, 
was put in charge of six men and given 
orders to proceed against tiie cabin. 

George went over with him to show 
him the ground to enable him to guide Ids 
men intelligently, and left him at length, 
after being assured that the plan was 
pei'feetly understood. 

Our hero then returned to the other 
bod J', now reduced to three men, where 
he found the colonel just on the point of 



moving away from the prisoner after 
having extorted fronj him an unwilling 
and reluctant promise to lead the wav to 
the stronghold. 

In about five minutes they set out,mak- 
ing directly for the mountains on the 
north. 

Mike had been especially cautioned to 
permit no firing of arms except in ex- 
treme necessity. 

Neither tlie" colonel or George knew 
how far away from the spot (iraycoat 
might be lurking, and the sound of fire- 
arms in such an unusual place would un- 
doubtedly put him on his guanl if he 
was in hearing, and ic was their particu- 
lar desire to give him a complete surprise. 

It was a common saying, that if he got 
the slightest intimation of any attempt 
made on his liberty the best scout in the 
whole army could not catch him. 

They were therefore playing with fire, 
as George exjiressed it, and it behooved 
theiii to use the greatest care. 

Mike's instructions were to surround 
the cabin and then remain quiet a full 
hour, and if any one came out in the 
meantime to make a prisoner of him with 
as little noise as possible. 

If the colonels party had not reached 
their destination at the end of an hour it 
would at least be out of hearing of the 
sound of the firing. 

The rebel prisoner, closely watched, 
led the colonel and iiis men through the 
swamp in a manner that showed he was 
intimately acquainted with all its intri- 
cacies, and in less time than George had 
thought it possible they arrived at the 
base of a steep mountain rising abruptly 
from the marshy ground. 

"Where now?" demanded the colonel, 
as the guide paused. 

His answer was to strike into a narrow 
path which led up the side. When they 
followed this nearly to the top they can/e 
upon a road somewhat wider than the 
one they had left, but not wide enough 
for a buggy or vehicle of any kind. 

This gra<!ua]ly grew wider as they fol- 
lowed it, and after going about a mile it 
became so wide as to admit of the desig- 
nation of a mountain road. 

They were on a small plateau Foine 
hundreds of feet above the swamp, and 
in one corner of it, snugly placed be- 
tween two hills, stood the home of Gray- 
coat, at least so said the rebt-l eaptaiti. 

It was not long till his statement was 
verified, and the colonel's party halted 
close to the house, which, like so many in 
the South, was of stone, and very sub- 
stantially built. 

After some consultation with the col- 
onel, George stealthily entered the yard 
and approaclied the house. 



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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



No lights were to be seen, and he was 
about to conclude that Graycoat was ab- 
sent on a scouting expedition when he 
noticed the faintest streak of Hght at one 
of the windows on tlie first story. 

A closer examination sliowed him that 
all tlie windows were provided witli 
close-fitting inside shutters, and that was 
the reason he had failed to notice the 
light before. 

Tlirongh this small crack George was 
enabled to obtain an imperfect view of 
the room. 

It appeared to be a library or studj'-, 
the walls were lined with books, and be- 
hind the desk that stood in tlie midtlle of 
the floor sat a man rather under medium 
height, and altogether of light build. 

His face was smooth, with the excep- 
tion of an ample moustache, wliich was 
almost entirely gray. Yet he did not 
look to be above forty years old. 

As George applied his e>e to the crack 
a white bull-dog, which lay stretched on 
the floor close to its muster's feet, raised 
its nose and snififed the air, uttering a 
low growl. 

The man, who was deeply engaged in 
perusing a book, looked at the dog and 
then cast his eyes around the room, but 
otherwise paid no attention to the dog"s 
uneasiness. 

The animal, as if conscious of having 
done his duty, lay down on the floor 
again, and apparently soon went to sleep. 

When George had completed his ob- 
servations he quietly withdrew from the 
window and returned to his party, wlio 
were anxiously awaiting his return. 

He quickly related what he had seen, 
and advised an immediate sally upon the 
house, in order to prevent Graycoat tak- 
ing advantage of the warning his dog had 
given him. 



CHAPTER XII. 

RXJia DOWjN". 

Having agreed to this the colonel con- 
stituted himself and George to pusli tlie 
matter to some conclusion, and accord- 
ingly they advanced upon the liouse, 
hoping to accomplish an entrance with- 
out alarming the object of their search. 

The front door was not far from the 
room in wiiich the man witli the gray 
moustache sat, and they resolved to try 
it first. 

Whether the man seen by George was 
the celebrated scout neither knew, but 
George felt so sure of it that he pro- 
ceeded, secure in tiie conviction that if 
that man was captured Graycoat would 
no longer be at large to harass the United 
States troops as he had liitherto doucv 

As they expected^ the door was locked, 



and to attempt to force it was out of the 
question, so tliey moved away to try some 
other point. 

As they passed one of the windows 
wliich was without shutters, George JL\ 
stopped and whispered: SI 

'•I think that window is down from 
the top. Let me look." 

So saying, lie went to it and discovered 
that he was right. 

They at once made up their minds to 
effect an entrance here, and George, as- 
sisted by his superior, climbed upon the 
sill and cautiously pulled the window 
down as far as it would go. 

After first telling the colonel that he 
would raise the lower sash from the in- 
side, he clambered carefully in, and mucli 
to his satisfaction reached the floor in 
comparative silence. 

Tiie raising of the lower sash, however, 
proved to be a more difficult thing than 
he anticipated. 

It stuck as if it had not been raised in 
a long time, and it was only after a great 
deal of careful pushing and shakingthat 
it begun to move. 

When it was finally up sufficiently for 
the colonel to get in, nearly a half hour 
had passed. 

They were now ready to move, and 
George found it was necessary for him to 
look out the window to get his bearings. 

It was very dark in the room, and he 
regretted tiiat they had brought no dark* 
lantern along. 

It would be next to impossible to reach 
Graycoat's room without attracting his 
attention. 

After getting somewhat accustomed to 
the darkness of the room. George found 
they were in a room which connected 
w'ith the hall by a door, and right across 
the hall was the library or study in which 
he had seen Graycoat. 

He would soon find whether he was 
still there. 

Before leaving the room both looked 
at their revolvers and other weapons, as 
they each had a very high opinion of the 
scout's ability to take care of himself. 

The hall was reached without any mis- 
hap, and through the keyhole opposite 
they could see a bright light shining. 

Tliey had hardly stepped into the wide 
hall when a deep growl was heard in the 
library, and immediately afterward a 
fierce barking. 

" This will certainly frighten off Gray- 
coat," thought George to himself, and 
hastily speaking the word to the colonel 
in an undertone, he sprung across the 
hall and opened the door. 

Graycoat had just risen to his feet and 
now stood behind his desk coolly eying 
the intruders. 



LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



39 



The dog stood in front of him showing 
his teeth and grovvlinj.-: savagely. 

As soon as (jeorge made l)isai){)earance 
at the door, he made a spring and would 
undoubtedly have fastened his teeth on 
our hero's tliroat had not the ready re- 
volver laid him dead on the carpet. 

The report seemed to rouse Graycoat 
from his indifference, for he sprung 
backward to the door in his rear, and 
before Geor<;e could pull back the ham- 
mer of his revolver he had disappeared 
behind it. 

With an excited cry, George dashed 
after him, at the same time snatching 
the small lamp off the table to, light him 
in his pursuit. 

The door led into a narrow hall or 
passage, Avhich from its direction com- 
municated with some other part of the 
house, and down this fled Graycoat, 
hotly pursued by George and the colonel. 

When they had nearly reached the 
other end they saw Graycoat pass 
through a door, and when they came to 
it they found it locked. 

It was not a heavy one, and a few 
blows and pushes with their united 
efforts split it from top to bottom. 

They now discovered to their great 
surprise that the room had no opening 
save the one through which they had 
entered. 

They thought when Graycoat went 
through the door that he hoped to delay 
them, and thus allow him more time for 
escape,- but wh^n they broke open the 
door and found the room empty and but 
the one opening, their astonishment was 
extreme. 

They stared at each other, and then 
simultaneously asked each other if Gray- 
coat had really gone through the door, or 
whether it was only a conjecture on their 
part. 

Each, however, was certain he had 
gone no further. 

"There must be a door somewhere in 
these walls, or else that man isn't a 
human being," said the colonel, finally. 

He took the lamp and went around the 
walls, searching closely for indications of 
a door, but after compassing the room 
twice he was forced to admit that he had 
seen nothing that bore any resemblance 
to what he was looking for. 

Then he went out in the passage, and 
traversed its entire length, and found a 
door at the other end but it was heavily 
bolted on the inside, and consequently 
could not have been opened that night. 

At length, he came back to the room 
where George was standing completely 
nonplussed. 

He looked up as the colonel came in 
and asked what was to be done, but his 



superior had done all he could, and could 
suggest nothing that would help solve 
the mystery. 

At the colonel's reply, George, who 
was leaning against the wall, drummed 
abstractedly against it with his fingers. 

It gave forth a hollow sound which he 
did not notice, but as he continued liis 
tattoo, it dawned on him that it was a 
very queer sound to proceed from a wall 
in a house like that one. 

The colonel did not notice it, as he 
was engaged in making another exami- 
nation of the walls. When he came to 
the place where George was the latter 
turned toward him, and as he did so his 
full weight came againt the wall. 

What then happened caused him to 
spring into the center of the room as if 
bitten by a snake. 

The wall behind him seemed suddenly 
injbued with life, and he felt it moving 
away like the sliding-door of a large 
building. 

The colonel also noticed it, and also 
a little cavity which the moving section 
of the wall had disclosed. In it stood 
Graycoat looking out at them with the 
same half-indifferent look which they 
had seen on his face at first. 

As the revolvers were pointed at his 
head he merely waved them aside, and 
stepping outside of his hiding-place he 
surrendered himself to his captors. 

George's good luck had helped him 
signally in the capture of the famous 
rebel scout, and the latter's, for once, 
liad entirely deserted him. 

Graycoat had nothing to say until they 
reached the library, when the lifeless 
form of the bull-dog met his eye. 

He knelt down and heaved a sigh. 

" I do not thank you for this," he said, 
turning to George. "The dog died doing 
his duty." 

"lam sorry that I was compelled to 
do it," returned George, "and I think 
you might have saved him had you bid 
him be quiet." 

It was long past midnight when they 
reached the little cabin in the swamp. 
Mike was in charge, having taken all the 
rebel bush-whackers prisoners after a 
few shots had been fired. 

Graycoat was watched very closely on 
the return to camp, and the colonel said 
afterward that he was never so relieved 
as when he delivered his celebrated 
prisoner to higher authority. 



It was oniy three days after this when 
the colonel rode up to camp in great 
haste and sent an imperative order for 
George to present himself at head 
quarters. 



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LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



When Lieutenant Trellen arrived, the 
colonel told him in great exasperation 
that Graycoat had escaped the day be- 
fore, just as they were preparing to take 
him North. 

" It's very queer how that man out- 
wits evei-ybody." he said, in conclusion. 

"Yes, he ought to be a Union scout," 
said George. 

The fact of Graycoat's escape did not 
prevent the members of the expedition 
reaping the benefit of their exploit, atid 
it was only two months afterward that 
Lieutenant Trellen became Captain 
Trellen. 

THE ESTD. 



Pandy Ellis Afloat. 



BY MARLINE MANLY. 



We sat around the camp-fire, smoking 
our pipes and enjoying the heat of the 
logs that blazed so merrily, the flames 
leaping up into the air and playing all 
sorts of fantastic freaks in their glee. 

The boys had been giving rather tough 
experiences during the last winter and 
spring, and 1 noticed that old Pandy 
Ellis, though lie seemed to pay little or 
no attention to them, being engaged in 
patching his moccasin, was taking it all 
in. 

The twink^ of his keen, gray eyes and 
the manner in which Boily Wherrit, his 
chum, looked at him several times, told 
me very plainly that the old veteran also 
had a reminiscence. I kept my peace, 
however, well knowing that it would 
come out all in good time. 

Finally, during a lull in the conversa- 
tion, Bolly turned to the old veteran. 

"I say, ole boss, s'pose j'e guv the 
boyees that experience b" yourn last" 
spring; I reckon none o' theirn don't hold 
H candle ter it when ye ccme right down 
ter hard-pan facks." 

There was not a man in camp but who 
•was anxious to hear what Pandy Ellis 
had to tell, for he was not the man to re- 
late every little adventure that befell 
him, and yielding at last to our impor- 
tunities, he settled himself back into an 
easy position and begun: 

"This hyar story air as straight as I 
kin tell it, an' ye'U hev ter imagine part 
o' it, fur I hain't got ther tongue o' a 
Cicero ter describe the hull affair in iang- 
widge o' fire. In other words, 'I will a 
plain, unvarnished tale unfold,' as ther 
feller sez. 

"Last spring Bolly an' me war making 
our way down from a pint in ther ex- 
treme ]S[orthwest, arter a season o' hunt- 



ing. We didn't go arter pelts, an' what 
we got we cached fur another time. 

" When we reached Big Bar canyon we 
couclttded ter separate, as we seed signs 
o' reds and kinder thought they were 
follerin' us. 

" I laid out that I were to go down ther 
pass an' meet Bolly two days later at the 
big bend o' ther river, 'bout twenty miles 
below whar ther pass ends. 

"During this time Bolly intended to 
go around ther hills an' keep his eyes out 
fur ther pesky critters, fur we kinder hed 
an ijee, ye know, that they war doin' 
ther best ter sarcumveht us. 

"I camped thet night in ther canyon 
wid ther tremenjous walls rising up fur 
hundreds o' feet on each side *)' me. 
'Twar a grand si|?ht an' all thet, but ther 
time came, an' thet right soon, when I 
did not appreciate it werry much. 

" I hunted up a snug nook an' curled 
myself up fur sleep. Thar's nothin' like 
a weary tramp ter make a feller drop off, 
an' I lied hardly laid down afore I war 
gone. 

" Sumthin' cold on my face woke me, 
an' I found 'twar rainin' like pitchforks. 

" Wal, I leaped up in a twinklin'. 

"Ther sight war enough ter make a 
man shiver, fur a stream now occupied 
what hed before been a dry canyon, and 
from ther thunder thet came tgr me 
from above, I knowed thet a flood war 
near at hand. 

"• I knowed I war near the bottom of 
ther canyon an' began ter wonder ef I 
couldn't i-each ther end by a smart run 
ahead o' ther flood. 

"No sooner thought o' than I per- 
seeded to make sure o' mj' rifles and re- 
volvers by placing 'em on a ledge which 
war much too small fur me ter think p' 
holdin' on ter, an' then I put in my best 
licks at runnin'. 

"As thar war already a foot or tw'o o' 
water in ther canyon this did not prove 
werry easy work but I hed some hopes 
o' reachin' the^- openin' till I kim ter stop 
an' listen, when i found thet ther water 
war jest a,liead o' me. 

"I guv one look ter see thet thar 
warn't no hold hyar thet I hed missed, 
an' then turned ter meet ther flood face 
ter face! 

"In my time, boyees, I've met quite a 
number of animals thet waj', but I'll own 
up thar never war a time w-hen I kim so 
near shivering as on thet occasion. 

"Before ten seconds hed gone by I seed 
ther thing a-comin'. It war in ther 
shape o' an adwanee wave nearly ten feet 
Mgh, covered on ther top with foam, an' 
lookin' alfired skittish in ther peculiar 
gray light. 

"Ther rain hed been comin' down jest 



LIEUTENANT GEORGE. 



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in torrents, an' it war enoiigli, I thort, 
ter fill ther whole canyon chuck full. 

"WaJ, I waited fur ther critter, an' she 
didn't keep lue lonjz: now, ye bet. 

"Just as ther w.ive struck nie I braced 
myself agin a rock. In course I couldn't 
stand them tons o' water, but it didn't 
wash me away, an' when I arose ter ther 
surface ther fust part o' ther big wave 
liad passed. 

"Comrades, I've hed some all-fired 
queer rides in my life on bufflers, wild 
bosses, an' even ther steam keers, which 
last war ther wusT I ever kuowed up ter 
that time, but this one beat 'em all clean 
holler. 

"I jest tore down that canyon much 
like a bullet air shot from a gun, an' it 
seemed ter me afore f could- say 'Jim 
Cro ' 1 hed reached ther bottom. 

"My agony warn't over by a long 
shot." 

"Ther whole bottom hed been inun- 
dated by ther terrible rains, an' I found 
myself in ther midst o'atremenjouslake, 
as 'twar. 

"Still, all I bed ter do was ter giwim', 
though fur thet matter I couldn't see 
what good it would do me, ef I war never 
ter git ter ther land. 

" Arter a leetle while I thought I could 
touch bottom, an' tiiar I stood, like a 
Trojan, battlin' agin' ther current, which 
war kinder sharp. 

"I wanted ter hold out till daylight 
kim, but doubted whether my strength 
would be sufficient. By and by I seed 
somethin' comin' toward me with a rush, 
an' wen it got closer I seed thet it war 
ther stump o' a big tree thet hed been 
floated off from some quarter. 

"This would answer my purpose o' 
keepin' alive till daylight come much 
better ner standin' thar wid ther water 
up ter my chin, an' I determined ter 
effect a lodgment on it. 

"Ther log jvarn't over ten feet long, 
wid an uneven surface. 1 didn't find 
very much trouble in climbin' up, an' 
gin a sigh o' relief as I stretched myself 
upon ther old floater. 

"Ter my surprise, it was answered Avid 
a growl, and then right afore me I seed 
a pair o' yeller eyes a-gleamin' like all 
possessed. 

" I knowed at onct thet ther log hed 
another occupant besides myself, an' 
this a painter what had taken possession 
fust. 

"Ther animile seemed ter think he 
hed ther law on bis side, fur possession 
are nine-tenths o' ther law, as ther feller 
sez, an' he begun ter crawl along slowly 
toward me. 



" I didn't skeer wuth a cent, however. 

"We'll hev it out right away, Mr. 
Painter, an ter ther best inan belongs 
tl)er log. 

"Wall, thet pesky critter kept comin' 
along, an' as 1 didn't want him ter crowd 
me, I jest begun hitchin' up in his direc- 
tion. 

"This couldn't last long, for ther war 
only a few y:.jao o' space atween us. 

" At last we were elost tergether. 

"Thar war no chance fur further 
evolutions, an' yet ther painter seemed 
ter hesitate about jumpin', doubtless 
afeard o' tumblin' over into ther water. 

" • Ye're a coward, ole painter,' I sed, 
'an' hyars at ye. Ter ther best man be- 
longs tiier victory.' 

"Wid thet, I assaulted him hip an' 
thigh, but ther critter fought well, an' 
managed ter gin me some rayther ugly 
scratches. 

"Finally, arter I hed dug my knife 
inter his side two or three times, the log 
begun ter git rather tilty from our vio- 
lent motion, a.«' as a result both o' us 
pitched headlong inter ther flood. 

"Even thia didn't cool us off wuth a 
cent, an' we war soon at it agin. 

"I found now thet I hed ther advan- 
tage o' ther animile, fur I could manage 
mj'self in ther corner better nor he could, 
but ther critter were game ter ther back- 
bone. 

"We fit an' gouged until we churned 
ther water inter foatQ, which war often 
tinged red wid ther painter's life-blood. 

" ' Ho, ho, Mr. Painter!' I said, when I 
seed this, ' I reckon as how ye're done 
fur. Them clips I guv ye on ther log 
must hev been more serious than ye war 
willin' to admit then. I reckon it only 
naeds a 'eetle time to wear ye out.' 

"Then I went fur him hotter nor ever, 
an' soon seed as how he war played out. 
When he guv up the ghost I got holt o' 
his leg an' towed him to ther log, fur I 
war detarmined ter hev his hide, at least, 
ter make a cap outen. 

"Daylight found me in this condition. 

" I hed now reached ther bank o' ther 
river, an' found it easy work ter swim ter 
ther shore, swollen as the stream were. 
When I camped wharl hed agreed ter 
meet B0II3', an' amused myself makin' a 
cnp outen ther painter skin, till he come, 
avter which we returned ter ther canyon 
fur my rifle an' revolvers, which we found 
on ther ledge, fur 1 hed fastened 'em 
thar. 

" Thet's ther leetle adwenture, boyees. 
Now let ther ole man go oh an' finish 
pickin' his wild turkey bones." 



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